OSHA is warning employers in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska that its inspectors will work on randomly selected weekends this year, reports theKansas City Star.


“Within the past seven years, 15 percent of the fall, scaffold or overhead power line fatalities occurred on weekends, and in 2004 half of the fatalities occurred on Saturdays,” says Charles Adkins, OSHA regional administrator.

OSHA worries some employers may be lax in enforcing safe working conditions and procedures on weekends because they assume they won't get caught by government inspectors.

OSHA is focusing, in part, on the construction industry, which accounted for more than one-third of fatal and catastrophic workplace incidents in the past ten years. More construction activity is occurring on weekends, Adkins says. Electrocutions also are a concern, the agency says.