“Protecting the health and safety of American workers at hazardous job sites is of paramount importance…. [T]he Department of Justice will prosecute those who knowingly seek to thwart federal laws that protect the safety of American workers.”
– Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood
About the Worker Endangerment Initiative
In an effort to prevent and deter crimes that put the lives and the health of workers at risk, the Departments of Justice and Labor announced today a plan to more effectively prosecute such crimes. Under the new plan, the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorneys' Offices will work with the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), and Wage and Hour Division (WHD) to investigate and prosecute worker endangerment violations.