No OSHA Enforcement Pullback in Trump’s First Six Months

July 31, 2017, 11:00 AM

If you thought the Trump administration would ratchet down OSHA enforcement, numbers for the new presidency’s first six months show otherwise.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration opened about 17,500 inspections from Jan. 20 through July 20, agency enforcement data showed. That puts the agency on pace to be close to the Obama administration’s projected 35,352 inspections in fiscal 2017.

During the same time frame in 2016, OSHA started about 18,500 inspections. The year-to-year decline was expected because of flat funding, cutbacks to the ranks of OSHA compliance officers and the agency encouraging area...

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