OSHA Contacts Employers with High Injury Rates
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has sent letters to about 9,400 workplaces whose injury and illness rates in 2011 were higher than the average rate for their industry.
Receipt of this letter means that workers in that particular establishment are being injured at a higher rate than in most other businesses of its kind in the country, says OSHA. These employers need to take immediate steps to protect their workers. As many as 2,500 workplaces could be inspected as a result of their inclusion on the list.
For help in reducing injuries and illnesses, the letter suggests, among other things, use of OSHA’s free safety and health consultation services for small businesses with 250 or fewer workers. The consultation program is administered through the states and is operated separately from OSHA’s enforcement program.
Letters were sent only to employers covered by federal OSHA; employers in states with their own safety enforcement agencies were not included. Nearly 15,000 employers received letters in 2011, and again in 2012.OSHA has not indicated why fewer letters were sent this year.
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