Concerned about the pace at which OSHA is hiring new inspectors, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is requesting information on the agency’s staffing levels.
In a letter sent on Oct. 4 to Loren Sweatt, OSHA’s acting assistant secretary of labor, DeLauro states tat, even though President Donald Trump’s administration lifted a hiring freeze on the federal workforce in April, it is her “understanding that (the) agency has not filled many vacant inspector positions.”
DeLauro points out that OSHA has 1,838 federal and state inspectors for the nearly 8 million workplaces under the agency’s jurisdiction, meaning it has ” only enough funding to inspect every workplace under its jurisdiction every 159 years.”
She adds that 4,800 workers were killed and more than 3 million were seriously injured in 2015.
“OSHA should have the adequate staff to help ensure that employers identify and eliminate serious work-place hazards and provide safe work-places for the workers.” DeLauro wrote.
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