Occupational Safety

Inspection Data Support OSHA Claims
Of Widespread Recordkeeping Violations

Sept. 30, 2010, 4:00 AM

New data obtained by BNA from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration appears to support the agency’s claims that employers are underreporting injuries and illnesses incurred on the job.

Jason Surbey, an OSHA spokesman, told BNA Sept. 24 that, of the 87 inspections the agency has carried out under its pilot recordkeeping national emphasis program, 270 recordkeeping violations were found, or 3.1 per inspection.

The new data follows on information obtained by BNA Sept. 10.

In all, 382 violations of the OSH Act have been found, Surbey said.

On Sept. 10, Surbey told BNA the agency had uncovered violations in...

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