Job-related deaths linked to lax OSHA safety program enforcement

04/2/2009 | Washington Post, The

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's five-year program aimed at improved worker safety did not have the hoped-for results, according to a report by the Labor Department's inspector general. Officials in the Enhanced Enforcement Program "failed to gather needed data, conducted uneven inspections and enforcement, and sometimes failed to discern repeat fatalities because records misspelled the companies' names." Although OSHA did not agree with all the findings, the agency agreed it should better evaluate which companies to target.

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