OSHA has come under significant criticism in a report from the Department of Labor’s inspector general for inadequately enforcing safety laws against high risk employers. As you may know, OSHA is the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and they are tasked with enforcing the country’s safety and health laws as it relates to employers and the conditions under which employees work.
You can see more information about this report at Workers’ Comp Insider here. You can also see a copy of the report here.
Specifically, the report indicated that OSHA did not take the appropriate enforcement action in 29 sample cases-and those employers subsequently experienced 20 fatalities, of which 14 deaths shared similar violations. This basically means that it is quite possible that if OSHA did its job then at least 14 people might still be alive today.