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By James L. CurtisKay R. Bonza, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis:  A railcar cleaning company and its executive officers were recently charged in a 22-count indictment with conspiracy, violating worker safety standards resulting in worker deaths, violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and for submitting false documents to

By Mark A. Lies, IIJames L. Curtis, Adam R. Young, and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis:  A contractor’s employee fell 36 feet while working at a warehouse construction site and not using fall-protection equipment.  Following a bench trial before the District Court, the Defendant contractor DNRB, Inc. was convicted of

By Andrew S. Boutros, Benjamin D. Briggs, and Craig B. Simonsen

iStock_000042612884_MediumSeyfarth Synopsis: Companies cannot go to prison, but their executives and managers can when they violate the OSHA laws. And, companies can face stiff fines and other business-disrupting (or ending) collateral consequences for conduct resulting in worker deaths. Make sure that

By Brent I. Clark, James L. Curtis, and Craig B. Simonsen

Safety at workThe U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced last week an expansion of its worker endangerment initiative to address worker safety violations through the use of enhanced criminal fines and penalties.

According to Deputy Attorney General Sally

By Mark A. Lies, II, Kerry M. Mohan, and Craig B. Simonsen

A former safety manager at a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Nuclear Site was sentenced to 78 months in prison for major fraud.

The safety manager had allegedly hidden over 80 injuries to obtain over $2.5 million in safety bonuses. He was convicted

By Andrew H. Perellis and Philip L. Comella

In an important decision concerning the application of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA) criminal penalties, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held, in Southern Union Co. v. US, __ U.S. ___, 132 S.Ct. 2344, 2012 WL 2344465 (June 21, 2012), that the duration

By Andrew H. Perellis

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld, in United States v. Long, No. 09-1863 (6th Cir., December 2, 2011), the criminal conspiracy conviction of an industrial waste treatment facility plant manager. In April 2009 the District Court had sentenced the defendant to two concurrent prison terms of twenty-four