Monday, May 02, 2005

Employers Risk Prosecution for Workplace Safety Violations

The New York Times > Washington > With Little Fanfare, a New Effort to Prosecute Employers That Flout Safety Laws

Organizations that have repeatedly violated workplace safety regulations may not be able to just pay a fine anymore. The government is in the process of a crackdown on repeat offenders who have extensive records of safety violations. As reported in The New York Times:

The initiative does not entail new legislation or regulation. Instead, it seeks to marshal a spectrum of existing laws that carry considerably stiffer penalties than those governing workplace safety alone. They include environmental laws, criminal statutes more commonly used in racketeering and white-collar crime cases, and even some provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, a corporate reform law.

The result, those involved say, should be to increase significantly the number of prosecutions brought against dangerous employers, particularly in cases involving death or injury.

Will this new initiative send a serious message to employers? Read the full article here.

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