Senator shoots for higher OSHA penalties
"Causing the death of an employee on the job through willful violation of worker safety standards should not be treated as a trivial federal offense," Senator Corzine said. "Because the penalty upon conviction is so minimal and the resources required to bring a case to trial are substantial, federal prosecutors have been reluctant to prosecute flagrant safety violations that cause death. As a result, the deterrent value of the criminal statute has eroded significantly," he said.
Corzine's bill would also increase from six months to two years the penalty for giving advance notice of a safety investigation, and would increase from six months to one year the penalty for intentionally misleading a safety investigator.