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New Bill Proposes Stiff Penalties For Willful Safety Violations

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A new bill proposed in the U.S. Congress would give the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration the power to request up to 20 years of prison time for construction company executives, project managers and safety directors for willful safety violations resulting in serious injury or death. The Protecting America’s Workers Act, which was introduced by U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), has raised objections from the Associated General Contractors of America, which says the legislation “creates financial and legal disincentives to find and fix” safety problems.

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