The 11-page OSHA memo, dated May 10, 2012, argues that safety breakdowns in the plant warrant criminal prosecution — a rarity in worker death cases.On Its Own, Obama's OSHA Falling Short:
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 is exceptionally weak when it comes to criminal penalties. An employer found to have committed flagrant violations that led to a worker’s death faces, at worst, a misdemeanor punishable by six months in jail.
By comparison, a violation of the Endangered Species Act carries a maximum sentence of one year.
Funding indicates priority and OSHA’s annual budget of $580 million is about how much the Department of Commerce spent on one year of the transition to digital TV.
Nationally, OSHA fields 2,218 inspectors. The International Labor Organization says that for a workforce the size the U.S. has there should be 13,481 inspectors.
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