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Lame duck Congress may toughen OSHA

For an agency so widely feared and demonized by American business, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a relative pushover. Compared to the Environmental Protection Agency, which has tough statutes such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act at its disposal, OSHA is a paper tiger.
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Oct 1, 2010, 12:42 pm
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I draw from this article that Marc Freedman of the Chamber of Commerce believes holding executives and board directors criminally liable for accidents could dissuade qualified people from taking such jobs.  But this reflects some confusion over the events for which executives might be criminally liable.
Earlier, the article says the bill “would subject company executives and directors to criminal prosecution if they knew about hazards that led to worker deaths or serious injuries and failed to take preventive action.
When one knowingly puts people into situations that might kill them, the death is NOT an “accident”.  Rather, a death due to gross negligence is a negligent homicide.

Company officials would have understood this by now, if more States Attorneys were attentive to such crimes. States Attorneys have brought such charges in New York and Connecticut in the last two years.

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