Recently the Department of Justice announced that it was teaming up with the Department of Labor in order to investigate and prosecute worker endangerment violations. Prosecutors are now being encouraged to utilize Title 18 as well as environmental offenses that often occur in conjunction to enhance penalties.
Our sister publication JLC, takes a look at the possible effects:
The warning is clear: Companies must increasingly take worker safety violations seriously. Specifically, if cited for a workplace safety violation, OSHA has increased authority to involve federal prosecutors in scrutinizing your company's internal investigations related to the violation. Milton and Sharp suggest that failure to take the violation seriously, or careless internal communications, could turn "a relatively minor OSHA violation into a felony case."