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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

OSHA Chief Calls for Criminal Penalties

Occupational Health & Safety Magazine has published a summary of Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels' comments to the Safety 2010 attendees in Baltimore.  The article can be read here.

The article reports that Dr. Michaels "touched on everything from recent enforcement activity and 'wrong-thinking' incentive programs to the need for updating Permissible Exposure Limits and the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico."

Dr. Michaels' statement that crimal penalies were needed in addition to monetary penalities resulted in the loudest cheering.  He stated: "It's an unfortunate fact that monetary penalties just aren't enough. We believe that nothing focuses the mind like the threat of doing time in prison, which is why we need criminal penalties for employers who are determined to gamble with their workers' lives and consider it merely a cost of doing business when a worker dies on the job."

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