Employers Who Violate Safety Laws Can Face Criminal Penalties

When a worker is killed on the job, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (or a similar state agency) may conduct an investigation to determine how and why the death occurred.

If it’s determined that a worker’s death was caused by the employer’s willful violation of safety laws, that employer may be prosecuted.

But such cases are rare, according to a New York Times investigation, “When Workers Die.” And this can be heartrending and frustrating for families of these workers.