Occupational Safety

Safety Inspections Would Increase Under OSHA Spending Plan

March 21, 2019, 4:14 PM

Workplace safety inspections by the federal government would increase under the Trump administration’s proposed fiscal year 2020 spending plan for OSHA.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also wants to merge some field offices and centralize monitoring of state safety agencies and whistleblower protection efforts at its Washington headquarters.

The agency projects conducting 33,133 inspections in fiscal 2020, a 3.5 percent boost over fiscal 2018 inspections, the most recent year for which numbers are available. During the last full year of the Obama administration, fiscal 2016, OSHA conducted 31,948 inspections.

Continuing a longtime practice, inspections of construction sites would account...

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