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"… so would increase civil penalties, which have not been changed since 1990. OSHA is one of few federal agencies excluded from a law that allows fines to ri …"

"… er time with inflation. A violation deemed “serious” – one that, by OSHA’s definition, “would most likely result in death or serious physical h …"

"… ited by inspectors, even if they are contesting them. Under current rules, OSHA can’t force an employer to fix a hazard while the citation is being cont …"

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"… ively little power to impose harsh penalties.What almost no one outside of OSHA has known until now: The agency never collected a penny for Grobsmith’s …"

"… ficant media coverage because of the economic impact on the community. Yet OSHA, which has an office based in Syracuse, said in a written statement to the …"

"… h 2010. By then, it was too late to file as a creditor and try to collect. OSHA said collection would have been difficult even if it had filed.A private e …"

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"… t. Using the Freedom of Information Act, the Center obtained an extract of OSHA’s master database of inspection records, known as the Integrated Managem …"

"… en the data were provided.In analyzing both penalties initially imposed by OSHA and penalties ultimately collected, the Center used only cases considered …"

"… cases in which an employer may still be contesting violations or in which OSHA, the Treasury Department or another entity is still attempting to collect …"

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"… ration memorandum obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. The 11-page OSHA memo, dated May 10, 2012, argues that safety breakdowns in the plant warra …"

"… injuries in its factory were “abundant,” Thomas Galassi, head of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, wrote in the memo to David Michae …"

"… of a hospital,” Galassi’s memo says. John Newquist, who retired from OSHA in September after 30 years with the agency, said the case was among the m …"

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"… nd serious safety violations at these sites had gone largely unpunished by OSHA.The report about the agency’s Voluntary Protections Programs, known as V …"

"… e agency’s Voluntary Protections Programs, known as VPP, recommends that OSHA overhaul its policies for responding to serious accidents at these sites. …"

"… the agency as we continue to address issues present in VPP," Jordan Barab, OSHA's No. 2 official, said in a statement. "In general, we agree with most of …"

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"… ployers that they need only contest to alleviate the burden of history,” OSHA’s regional administrator in Atlanta, Cindy Coe, wrote to Hayes.In a writ …"

"… re that their programs are “at least as effective” as the federal one. OSHA pays up to half the cost of such programs and is supposed to keep tabs on …"

"… ter press reports about a rash of construction worker deaths in Las Vegas, OSHA reviewed the Nevada program in 2009 and found a long list of flaws. Among …"

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"… afety and Health Administration has pared its inspection goal for the year.OSHA had established a target of 42,250 inspections nationwide for fiscal year …"

"… 2,250 inspections nationwide for fiscal year 2012, which ends Sept. 30. An OSHA spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the new goal is 41,000 inspections.The …"

"… ex, time consuming" inspections this year, the spokesman wrote in an email.OSHA told the Center it sets goals, not quotas. But some former agency managers …"

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"… t safety risks, injuries and even deaths at the sites across Massachusetts.OSHA, the federal overseer of workplace safety, has also allowed some Massachus …"

"… ustee with the American Postal Workers Union Local 497 and a member of the OSHA investigating team that reviewed a horrific 2006 fatal accident at a U.S. …"

"… facility in Springfield, Mass.  “This would never have occurred if (OSHA) came in more frequently,” Lee said.OSHA rarely strips VPP sites of thei …"

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"… n small and can be appealed for long periods of time, delaying fixes. OSHA this week made public its findings at ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge refi …"

"… violations that could have resulted in a fire or explosion, according to OSHA. ExxonMobil has 15 days to respond to the OSHA citations, although a …"

"… xplosion, according to OSHA. ExxonMobil has 15 days to respond to the OSHA citations, although a response does not necessarily mean the problems will …"

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"… tallied up a dozen violations, including two of the most serious kind that OSHA can allege.Yet the federal government had for more than a decade considere …"

"… nt is one of more than 2,400 across the country that has gained entry into OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs, known as VPP — a club whose membershi …"

"… Bradenton is hardly the only case of preventable harm to workers at one of OSHA’s exemplars of safety. Since 2000, at least 80 workers have died at thes …"

But does it work?

By Chris Hamby

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"… ess, urged a comprehensive evaluation before expanding to more workplaces. OSHA commissioned a study, but not a good one; the GAO later determined it aske …"

"… ng like they’re safe. “They do their little song and dance in front of OSHA,” Smith said. “It’s just paperwork; that’s all it is.”In a few o …"

"… eviewed by iWatch News detailing investigations of accidents at VPP sites, OSHA inspectors found that companies’ written policies — those that helped …"

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"… rge manufacturing sites, the agency’s No.2 official told reporters today.OSHA has inspected 187 worksites as part of its Recordkeeping National Emphasis …"

"… held a news conference to refute a nonprofit group’s contention that the OSHA initiative had been “shelved.” Public Employees for Environmental Resp …"

"… out three times as long as other inspections, Barab said.PEER claimed that OSHA had suspended the program and blasted the agency for ignoring high-hazard …"

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"… Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a relative pushover.True, OSHA occasionally hits employers with big fines, like the $50 million BP recent …"

"… gh statutes such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act at its disposal, OSHA is a paper tiger.A willful safety violation that leads to the death of a w …"

"… result in a year behind bars.Seeking to correct such disparities and give OSHA more ammunition in other areas, Democrats in Congress crafted OSHA reform …"

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"… with the citations because it believed it had come into compliance with OSHA orders after its refinery in Texas City, Texas, exploded in March 2005, ki …"

"… rkers and injuring 170. The number of citations was high, he said, because OSHA wrote up BP every time it found an alleged safety violation rather than is …"

"… that said, we are absolutely committed to resolving those differences with OSHA to [fix] the problems,” Flynn added.Franken, however, wasn’t done.“I …"

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"… istration, Dr. Adam Finkel filed a Freedom of Information Act request with OSHA in 2005, seeking the results of millions of air and “wipe” samples tak …"

"… hers, he reasoned, might spot trends that could lead to better enforcement.OSHA denied Finkel’s FOIA request, citing an exemption that protects “comme …"

"… on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Finkel sued OSHA in federal court and won in 2007. He’s since acquired data on some three …"

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"… he Bush administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has emphasized voluntary compliance over enforcement and inspections; by …"

"… hat The New York Times ran a front page story noting that over that period OSHA had passed "only one major safety rule," which was issued by a court order …"

"… ad passed "only one major safety rule," which was issued by a court order. OSHA has seen its funding cut, when adjusted for inflation, every year since FY …"

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"… s “unaware of any industry objections” to the chemical proposal, which OSHA officials had drafted.But a government source told the Center that three i …"

"… y industrial and firefighters unions to have more chemicals covered by the OSHA standard.The proposal that might have accomplished that goal was erased fr …"

"… Announced in February, the administration’s spending proposal would cut OSHA’s budget by $7.9 million and eliminate 83 jobs at the workplace-safety a …"