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    :: Sunday, July 03, 2005 ::

    Bill would hold employers liable in contractor deaths - By LISE OLSEN, Houston Chronicle, TX
    U.S. Rep. Al Green filed a bill Thursday that would hold employers criminally responsible in cases where private contract workers are killed on the job as a result of a willful violation of federal workplace safety rules.

    Spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said Green's legislation comes in response to a Houston Chronicle story that pointed out a loophole in the current federal workplace safety law.

    Under that law, BP could not be criminally prosecuted in connection with the 15 deaths that occurred in the March 23 Texas City explosion at its plant, even if OSHA regulators find the company committed a willful violation of safety rules. That's because the 15 workers who died were all contractors and did not work directly for BP.
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