With the enactment of AB 1127, effective January 1, 2000, public employers are no longer exempt from the imposition of civil penalties for Cal/OSHA violations. Civil penalties for citations classified as "serious" have increased to $25,000 for each separate violation; daily abatement penalties can reach $15,000 per day. Citations classified by Cal/OSHA as "willful" following serious injury may result in criminal prosecution and civil penalties ranging from $100,000 to $3,500,000. Death cases are automatically referred to Cal/OSHA's Bureau of Investigation for criminal investigation and possible criminal prosecution.
There is significant interplay between your workers' compensation claims and Cal/OSHA. The attorneys at Hanna Brophy are qualified and experienced in both areas, and we are best able to coordinate your defense. If you have a serious injury or death on the job, or if you are notified of a Cal/OSHA investigation or citation, you should immediately consult with an experienced Hanna Brophy attorney.