From OSHA: Many small business owners aren’t aware that there are potential criminal liabilities, including jail time and stiff fines, for business owners who fail to manage OSHA compliance requirements which results in employee work related/safety fatalities. Here is an example of such a case. The DOJ and DOL are also collaborating to try and increase similar criminal prosecutions for companies who fail to manage their OSHA compliance obligations.
It’s a stark reminder that OSHA fines and penalties can exceed $dollars alone…
Roofing company owner James J. McCullagh was sentenced March 29 in federal court to 10 months in prison and two years of probation, for four counts of making false statements, one count of obstruction of justice, and one count of willfully violating an OSHA regulation. As previously reported in QuickTakes, McCullagh pled guilty in December 2015 to criminal charges stemming from a 2014 incident where a worker who was not provided with fall protection fell 45 feet to his death while performing roofing repairs on a church in Philadelphia.
“No penalty can bring back the life of this employee, but the outcome in this case will send a clear message,” said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels in a statement when McCullough entered his guilty plea.