GWA interview by the NSC
OHSA conducted 39,167 inspections of U.S. workplaces during its 2004 fiscal year, resulting in citations of employers for 86,708 total violations of the nations occupational safety and health standards. Proposed fines for the alleged violations totaled about $85.2 million.
With more than 7.2 million U.S. worksites and 115 million workers covered under the landmark Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 2004 total violations are just a sliver of the infractions occurring in U.S. workplaces. As with the IRS, which doesnt have the personnel to audit every tax return, OSHA cant possibly inspect every workplace every year.