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OSHA Inspections Increase in Fiscal 2017, Reversing Trend

Dec. 28, 2017, 12:46 PM

Worker safety and health inspections rebounded slightly in fiscal year 2017, despite a stagnating OSHA budget and fewer enforcement personnel working on cases.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors finished 32,396 inspections in fiscal 2017, according to agency data requested by Bloomberg Environment. That’s up 1.4 percent from the tally for fiscal 2016—31,948 inspections—the fewest inspections OSHA conducted in 20 years.

But, the 2017 total is still well below peak years of the Obama administration, when the agency conducted more than 40,600 inspections in...

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