Magazine article Occupational Hazards

In the Courts: Prosecution of Parent Company for Safety Training Lapses

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

In the Courts: Prosecution of Parent Company for Safety Training Lapses

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Is a holding company criminally liable for the alleged training inadequacies of employees who work for a subsidiary? That's the issue facing MYR Group Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary L.E. Myers co., according to Corey Rubenstein, a lawyer defending the companies in a criminal case mounted by the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Justice (DOJ) late last year.

Late last year, DOL and DOJ won a four-count criminal indictment of the MYR Group and L.E. Myers for willfully violating OSHA standards that allegedly caused the electrocution deaths of two high-voltage transmission tower linemen. The fatalities occurred in separate incidents in the Chicago area in 1999 and 2000.

The OSHA regulations that MYR is accused of violating are 29 CFR 1910.269(a)(2)(i) and (ii), which spell out training requirements for workers in the electric power generation, transmission and distribution industries.

"By going after MYR Group for training failures, OSHA seems to be discouraging parent companies from providing training help to subsidiaries," commented Rubenstein. …

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