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An "Amen" Moment

As part of the ceremonial unveiling of the National Workers Memorial on April 28 at the National Labor College, the head of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, David Michaels, spoke and reportedly said:

Under the main law governing worker safety, "the maximum criminal penalty for killing a worker as a result of a willful citation is only a misdemeanor." 

Michaels called for that to change. "Nothing focuses the mind like the prospect of time in prison," he said.



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  • Ronnie Walker L1230

    5/1/2010 7:31:34 PM |

    Amen is right!  We are just an acceptable loss to these big wigs running these businesses.  We in the fire service seem to have it better than most when it comes to recognizing the hazards we face day to day but staffing numbers, equipment purchases, budget decisions and the general approach to how we are lumped in with all of the other services that any jurisdiction must provide, we are still taking a back seat to the proper way of doing things too much of the time!  Jail time or fines signficant enough to get their attention is a good place to start!

  • Scott Slocum L1826

    5/2/2010 9:54:23 PM |

    This is a great memorial.  I've been able to see it come to life over the last year as a student at the National Labor College.

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