OSHA Inspectors See Increase in Violations in 2007
--- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released its annual enforcement statistics, indicating that the agency's total inspections for the 2007 fiscal year were 4.3 percent above its stated goal of 37,700. During the year, OSHA conducted 39,324 total inspections. There were 88,846 violations of OSHA's standards and regulations, a 6 percent increase from the previous fiscal year. The agency cited 67,176 serious violations, a 9 percent increase from 2006 and a more than 12-percent increase over the past four years. The number of cited repeat violations also rose from 2,551 in FY 2006 to 2,714 in FY 2007."The fact that OSHA surpassed its inspection goal for FY 2007 proves our enforcement commitment remains strong," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Edwin G. Foulke Jr. "The significant increase in citations for serious and repeat violations documents OSHA's focus on identifying and eliminating severe hazards in the workplace."Fatality, injury and illness rates continued to decline. The injury and illness incidence rate of 4.4 per 100 employees for calendar year (CY) 2006 was the lowest that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has ever recorded. Workplace fatality rates hit an all-time low in CY 2006 with 3.9 fatalities per 100,000 employees, the agency reported.