OSHA'S 2010 enforcement summary
April 29, 2011
OSHA continued to maintain its high level of annual inspection activity. In FY 2010, OSHA conducted 40,993 total inspections. This number includes 164 significant and egregious (instance-by-instance) enforcement actions, each resulting in a total proposed monetary penalty of more than $100,000. In addition, OSHA conducted 24,759 programmed inspections. These inspections indicate that OSHA devoted more resources to proactively target the industries and employers that experienced the greatest number of workplace injuries and illnesses. OSHA also conducted 16,234 unprogrammed inspections, including employee complaints, accidents, and referrals. The number of fatality investigations decreased by 25.6%- a significant decrease over the past five fiscal years, thus demonstrating OSHA 's firm commitment to reducing the number of workplace fatalities.
Hazards Identified: Total Violations IncreaseIn FY 2010, OSHA found 96,742 violations of OSHA 's standards and regulations in the nation 's workplaces, a 15.3% increase since FY 2006. The total number of serious and repeat violations issued increased by 22.1% and 8.1%, respectively, over the past five years. The total number of willful violations issued significantly increased by 217.1% since FY 2006 and increased by 278.8% since FY 2009.
These numbers demonstrate that OSHA is identifying and eliminating more serious hazards in the workplace, as well as identifying more employers who have intentionally violated OSHA standards and ignored their duty to provide a safe and healthful workplace under the OSH Act.