Overall workplace safety violations increased in the United States by 6% in 2007 over the previous year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The department attributes the rise to an increase in enforcement efforts. OSHA conducted 39,324 inspections in 2007, a 4.3% increase over its 2007 goal of 37,700 inspections. At the same time, total violations increased 6% over 2006, with serious infractions rising 9% and repeat offenses increasing 6.4%. OSHA reported a record number of Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP) violations (719) in 2007.
EEP targets employers who, despite OSHA's enforcement and outreach efforts, repeatedly ignore their OSH Act obligations and place their employees at risk. EEP focuses on cases with extremely serious violations related either to a fatality or to multiple willful or repeated violations.
|OSHA Violation Statistics||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007||% Change |
|Total Serious Violations||59,861||61,666||61,018||61,337||67,176||12.2|
|Total Willful Violations||404||462||747||479||415||2.7|
|Total Repeat Violations||2,147||2,360||2,350||2,551||2,714||26.4|