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OSHA Ups Trenching Enforcement, Despite Employer Calls To Limit NEPs

October 30, 2018
OSHA is bolstering enforcement oversight of trenching and excavation operations after a spike in worker deaths, updating its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing collapses and increasing education and enforcement, though an industry official is bristling at OSHA's continued use of enforcement programs he faults for inflating OSHA penalties. But, a former Obama-era OSHA official is calling the NEP update the bare minimum to protect workers and says the Trump administration should take additional steps including forming a task force...

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