The Bush administration has begun a multiagency effort to hunt down and prosecute the most flagrant violators of.
Currently, workplace safety violations typically avoid criminal prosecution, even when they lead to injuries or death. But a new partnership between OSHA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department aims to single out for prosecution the nation's worst workplace safety violators, says a New York Times report.
The effort doesn't require new laws or regulation. Instead, it seeks to use existing laws, including environmental, racketeering and the new Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reform law, that carry considerably stiffer penalties than those governing workplace safety alone.
Bottom line: Expect the effort to increase the number of prosecutions brought against employers for safety violations, particularly in cases involving death or injury