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New Study: OSHA Attrition Leading to Lax Safety Enforcement

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By    |   Thursday, 14 March 2019 08:32 AM

Fewer workplace safety inspectors have resulted in reduced in-depth investigations of on-the-job dangers, according to the National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy group.

The group’s new analysis of Labor Department records was detailed in a report by the HuffPost.

NELP claimed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has “dramatically reduced” its efforts to go after complex cases.

But the Labor Department noted the number of OSHA inspections actually increased in 2017 and 2018. This happened “despite the suspension of inspections in many areas of our nation due to hurricanes, fires, and other natural disaster recover efforts,” a spokesperson said.

Debbie Berkowitz, of NELP claimed many of those inspections are likely superficial.

And NELP noted in the report: “The Trump administration is scaling back OSHA enforcement activity, putting workers’ lives at risk and undercutting businesses that play by the rules and prioritize worker safety,”

The HuffPost said the number of investigations OSHA performs due to fatalities and hospitalizations fell between 2016 and 2017 to 837 from 890. However, the number climbed to 929 in 2018.

And Berkowitz maintained further attrition inside the agency would further impact OSHA.

There were more than 1,000 OSHA inspectors on staff in 2010. As of Jan. 1, OSHA had 875 inspectors.

But the Labor Department noted the administration’s budget proposal has called for funding to hire another 26 inspectors.

NBC News reported last year that OSHA’s reduced staff reflected the administration’s broader effort to curb the growth of the federal bureaucracy.

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