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OSHA Increases Inspections In 2017, As Criticism Mounts Over Funding Cuts

January 05, 2018
The Trump administration is touting an increase in OSHA inspections in fiscal year 2017, the first uptick since 2012, despite a former Obama OSHA official's claims that declining agency resources are harming workplace safety, a trend the official expects to continue despite the Trump Labor Department's (DOL) lifting a freeze on hiring inspectors. OSHA conducted a total of 32,396 inspections during FY17 -- from October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017-- compared to 31,948 inspections in FY 2016, a 1.4...

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