Thanks to Confined Space for this explanation of the lack of workplace inspections by OSHA.
Following the death of a construction worker who fell from the roof of the 30-story building to the sixth floor deck, Jacksonville, Florida media seem surprised that there aren’t enough OSHA inspectors to ensure that workplaces are safe.
According to Charles Sorenson, an attorney who has represented several families who’ve sued construction companies claiming the workplace was unsafe, says part of the reason workplaces cut corners is because they know OSHA probably won’t be checking.
“People take shortcuts, that’s the simple answer,” said Sorenson. “They take shortcuts and they balance whether the fine or the penalty is going to be worth worrying about.”
First Coast News has learned there are 12 compliance officers to monitor 37 counties in Florida.
They inspect about 600 places a year.
Half of those places are already picked and the other half are in response to tragedy.
“They can’t see even a tiny fraction of all of the construction that’s going up and basically they’re just reacting to death cases,” said Sorenson.