Where OSHA did perform inspections, it issued 295 violations from 176 COVID-relate inspections, while state plans found 1,678 violations from 756 COVID-related inspections. (Credit: artfotoss/iStockphoto.com) Where OSHA did perform inspections, it issued 295 violations from 176 COVID-relate inspections, while state plans found 1,678 violations from 756 COVID-related inspections. (Credit: artfotoss/iStockphoto.com)

Between February 1 and October 26, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted 50% fewer workplace inspections compared with the same period the year prior. Meanwhile, the administration saw a 15% increase in complaints, according to a report by the Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).

These two factors, combined with more reliance on less thorough remote inspections, subjected employees to greater safety risks, OIG reported. Further, OSHA did not track whether inspections were performed onsite or remote. The inspector general noted it is important to track remote inspections to “determine their frequency and timeliness for identifying and ensuring abatement of worksite hazards.”

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