New York, NY -- A study has shown that there is a correlation between reduced OSHA inspections and an increase in construction worker death and injury.
There has been a construction boom over the last year, and with that boom came a slew of construction-related death and injury. In 2011, New York saw 17 deaths. In 2015, it rose to 55. Injuries and fatalities were 128 in 2011, and jumped to 435 in 2015.
At the same time, safety inspections from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration fell each year. In 2011, there were 2,722 inspections. In 2015, there were only 1,966 inspections. This is a 27% decline.
The study explained the reduction in inspections is likely due to the reduced number of inspectors in New York. In 2012, there were 82 inspectors while in 2015 there were only 66 inspectors.
"We really need to see and make sure that we have adequate inspections and adequate enforcement, because without that we're going to see higher numbers of fatalities," said New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health Executive Director Charlene Obernauer.
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