Construction law experts predict that there will be stricter enforcement and harsher penalties in an effort to eliminate contractor misconduct. This includes harsher punishments, including potentially criminal charges.
Enforcement will focus on the disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE’s) and go after contractor safety violations through OSHA. Particularly when it comes to safety, industry experts note that OSHA and other government agencies will pursue those cases heavily.
If there are safety concerns where people's lives are going to be impacted, whether it's just a person on the street walking on the sidewalk or workers, if an owner is cutting corners and putting people's lives at risk, I think you're going to see prosecutors' offices go after them individually more often. - Thomas Kokalas, former prosecutor and partner for Barcewell & Giuliani, LLP