More OSHA Inspections for Fatalities in 2018

July 31st, 2019 by Brigid O'Leary

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its 2018 enforcement summary  and the results indicate that the overall number of inspections the organization had to make were down 1.2% last year, to 32,023.

Of that total number, 13,956 were labeled as programmed (planned inspections that are focused on industries and operations where known hazards exist), representing a 3% decrease from last year. At that rate, there were 36 more unprogrammed inspections than the year prior, still accounting for 56% of the total number of inspections in 2018.

Further breakdown of the 18,067 inspections labeled as unprogrammed shows there were 3,174 labeled as “other,” marking a nearly a 20% increase over 2017. There also was a notable increase for fatalities and catastrophe inspections, which rose to 941 and account for 5.2% of all the unprogrammed inspections but still represent a 12% increase from the previous year. Slight increases also surfaced for referrals, rising to 6,463 (a 2.8% increase over 2017), but the biggest slice of the pie came from the 7,489 inspections stemming from complaints—albeit a decrease of 9.2 percent since the last enforcement summary.

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