Ask the expert: Terrorist attacks and OSHA violations

By: June 19th, 2009 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: This may appear to be a weird question, but would OSHA fine a business for worker injuries from a terrorist attack?

A: OSHA would not apply enforcement procedures because of the unforeseeable nature of such a workplace emergency, according to a May 25, 2004 letter of interpretation.

The letter also explains that enforcement is only part of the agency’s mandate and identifies safety preparedness resources for such an unpredictable event on the OSHA Web site, including:


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