OSHA Says Criminal Penalties Could Prevent Construction Accidents

Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels believes that adding criminal penalties to OSHA's arsenal could prevent construction accidents and other workplace injuries and deaths. He also says that OSHA needs and welcomes industry help in preventing on-the-job injuries and fatal accidents.

Speaking at the spring "Safety 2010" conference in Baltimore, a convention of industrial safety professionals, Michaels discussed workplace safety issues ranging from the need to update permissible exposure limits for chemicals used to clean up the Gulf oil spill to "wrong-thinking" incentive programs used in certain industries.

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