June 30, 2016, New Report: When OSHA Gives Discounts on Danger, Workers Are Put at Risk.
OSHA's Discount on Danger: OSHA Should Revise Its Informal Settlement Policies to Maximize the Deterrent Value of Citations
More than 30,000 workers have died as a result of on-the-job injuries since 2009, many because their employers failed to follow safety procedures -- violations for which OSHA imposed fines. But a report from CPR finds that OSHA is routinely discounting those fines, greatly diminishing any deterrent value.
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Author(s): Martha McCluskey, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Katie Tracy
When a Workplace Tragedy Is Also a Crime
Writing for FairWarning and the Sacramento Bee, Rena Steinzor and Katie Tracy point to recent on-the-job deaths that resulted from employer negligence and call for prosecution of companies, supervisors and executives who cut corners at the expense of their employees life and limb.
Author(s): Rena Steinzor, Katie Tracy
Worker Deaths Should Lead to Punishment for Companies, Executives
Dangerous Bedfellows: The stalemate on criminal justice reform.
Writing for The American Prospect, Rena Steinzor takes note of the unusual roll call of supporters for criminal justice reform legislation, and efforts by conservatives to use the bill to weaken enforcement of white-collar crime laws.
Author(s): Rena Steinzor
March 24, 2016, New Manual Helps Workplace-Safety Activists to Push for Criminal Charges in On-the-Job Tragedies
Preventing Death and Injury on the Job: The Criminal Justice Alternative in State Law
Preventing Death and Injury on the Job: The Criminal Justice Alternative in State Law, CPR Paper 1602. This manual begins by explaining why local prosecutors should focus more attention on bringing criminal charges against employers—the business entity as well as responsible executives and managers—in appropriate cases involving the death or serious injury of one or more workers. It also offers an introduction to criminal law and criminal procedure to help advocates understand what charges might apply. Then, this manual discusses how to build a successful campaign, and provides an appendix of helpful resources that advocates can utilize and tailor to fit their campaign.
Author(s): Martha McCluskey, Thomas McGarity, Sidney Shapiro, Rena Steinzor, Katie Tracy
Katherine Weatherford's letter to Maryland Delegates Dereck E. Davis and Sally Jameson on Construction Safety
Katherine Weatherford's letter to Maryland Delegates Dereck E. Davis and Sally Jameson on Construction Safety bill, HB 977, February 29, 2016.
Author(s): Katie Tracy