"While fines are the state's prime weapon against private businesses that violate safety and health standards, state law prohibits financial penalties against state and local government employers." But, those government workplaces are four times more likely than private businesses to be cited for serious safety violations. These violations occur in all kinds of government workplaces, from wastewater plants to public schools. This article offers several well- developed examples of government safety violations, and then discusses a legislative solution.
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