As part of the ceremonial unveiling of the National Workers Memorial on April 28 at the National Labor College, the head of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, David Michaels, spoke and reportedly said:

Under the main law governing worker safety, “the maximum criminal penalty for killing a worker as a result of a willful citation is only a misdemeanor.” 

Michaels called for that to change. “Nothing focuses the mind like the prospect of time in prison,” he said.