OSHA completed 33,401 inspections in the 2019 fiscal year, a significant increase year over year and more than the agency has completed in the previous three years, Electrical Construction & Maintenance Magazine reports. The agency also reported a record amount of compliance assistance activity to further OSHA's mission of ensuring workplaces are hazard-free.

OSHA conducted 33,401 inspections addressing violations related to trenching, falls, chemical exposure, silica, and other hazards.

In FY 2019, it also provided a record 1,292,611 workers with training on safety and health requirements through the agency’s various educational programs, including the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, Outreach Training Program, and Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. OSHA’s compliance assistance programs have helped small businesses address safety and health hazards in their workplaces. Also, its no-cost On-Site Consultation Program identified 137,885 workplace hazards, protected 3.2 million workers from potential harm.

“OSHA’s efforts—rulemaking, enforcement, compliance assistance, and training—are tools to accomplish our mission of safety and health for every worker,” says Loren Sweatt, principal deputy assistant secretary of labor for OSHA.

Construction-related categories, including fall protection and ladder safety, top OSHA's most-cited violations for 2019. Fall protection — general requirements was OSHA's most-cited violation for the ninth year in a row.

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