For Immediate Release
Each Day 16 Americans Get Killed Due to Poor Worker Safety Laws
Brave New Foundation Launches New Worker Safety Campaign
CULVER CITY, Calif. - Brave
New Foundation launches a new worker health and safety campaign,
highlighting the weak enforcement mechanisms and poor deterrents
currently in place in worker safety laws. Under current worker safety
laws, civil penalties are weak and rarely lead to criminal
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is only a six month misdemeanor if [an employer] willfully commits a
violation of worker safety laws. It is only considered a misdemeanor if
a worker dies." David Uhlmann, Professor and Director of Environmental Law and Policy Programs at Michigan University.
companies] consider OSHA a mosquito. They'd rather pay the fines than
bring the plants into compliance [with the laws]. They think the law
is so ineffective that it's more profitable for them to take the risk
by not having safety programs in place than to comply with the law." Charles Jeffress, Former Assistant Secretary of Labor, OSHA
The goal of the 16 Deaths Per Day campaign is to strengthen support for the Protecting America's Workers Act (H.R. 2067), which aims at toughening both enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and penalties for violating the law. If H.R. 2067 passes, it will be the first time work and safety laws are strengthened in twenty-years.
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