When EHS violations are serious or repeated (or both!), state and federal enforcement agencies can close in and close down commercial properties. “Until further notice.” It’s a death knell, in that these agencies can essentially suspend a business’s operations for who knows how long. And when they do, things like sales, customer loyalty, reputations, profitability and investor relations all suffer.
Dawn of the dead business? Not if the company rectifies its violations and meets the legal and financial obligations that typically come with them.