Larger Fines and Prison Time Are in the Works for OSHA Violations

It’s common knowledge that if you receive a violation from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), you will end up paying a fine.   There are many proactive measures you can take to ensure you follow OSHA standards to avoid hefty fines. Safety training, communication between managers and employees, and inspecting equipment are just a few ways.

However, not every employer takes those precautions. It is for that reason that the Departments of Justice and Labor have devised a plan to prosecute employers who put the health and safety of their employees at risk. The two departments are working with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and the Mine and Safety Health Administration to hold management, who engaged in or authorized wrongdoing, accountable and criminally liable for safety and environmental violations. The new Worker Endangerment Initiative will enforce heavier fines and stiffer sentencing for management and executives.

So as you create corporate strategies this year, make sure to include a strategy to ensure work-place safety.

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