The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has
launched a pilot program that involves partnering with building
inspectors in 11 U.S. cities to reduce injuries and fatalities at
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis sent letters to the mayors of the
selected cities proposing that OSHA work with and train local
building inspectors regarding hazards associated with the four
leading causes of death at construction sites: falls,
electrocution, being crushed or caught between objects, and being
struck by moving machinery or objects. According to this program,
building inspectors would notify OSHA when they observe unsafe work
conditions. OSHA then would send a federal agency compliance
officer to that workplace for an inspection.
"This initiative allows us to expand our eyes and ears," says
David Michaels, OSHA's assistant secretary of labor. "Although we
are adding 110 new inspectors this year, OSHA simply cannot inspect
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