OSHA Inspections Up for Some Industries

OSHA and state worker safety agencies are backing up their calls to reduce the number of falls by boosting onsite inspections of companies where such mishaps occur frequently and increasing overall reviews of all work sites, records from federal and state inspections show.

The Bureau of National Affairs looked at OSHA inspection data from October 1, 2010 to March 1, 2011, the first six months of fiscal year 2011, and the numbers from the first six months of fiscal year 2008 through 2010. The information is posted on OSHA’s data and statistics website.

Inspection data for the roofing industry shows that while the decline in construction led OSHA to visit fewer building sites, inspections of roofing sites grew. In 2008, there were 2170 roofing checks. By 2010, the number had grown 39 percent to 3011. So far this year, there have been 2541.