OSHA Update: Worker Endangerment Initiative

By Rod Smith, Pat Miller, Chuck Newcom, and Matt Morrison

A new “Worker Endangerment Initiative” may increase criminal prosecutions of workplace safety violations. OSHA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) just announced a new initiative to increase the number and effectiveness of criminal prosecution of employers and managers for workplace safety, environmental and other federal offenses. Although criminal prosecutions will not become commonplace, employers should be prepared to deal with catastrophic accidents that could lead to criminal prosecution by involving legal counsel in the process as soon as possible.

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