Report: OSHA seldom seeks to prosecute workplace deaths

12/22/2003 | NYTimes.com

A New York Times investigation reveals that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration rarely seeks criminal charges for workplace deaths, and has increasingly helped employers avoid the threat of prosecution altogether. From 1982 to 2002, the paper reports OSHA investigated 1,242 workplace deaths -- those caused by an employer's "willful" safety violations -- and only sought prosecution in 7% of those cases.

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