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Friday, January 02, 2009

A Bad Comination for 2009


With the Obama administration expected to place a much higher emphasis on OSHA enforcement, news that workplace fatalities for 2007 in Texas were the highest in 6 years, is not a good combination. Texas experiences spike in workplace fatalities.

The leading causes of Texas workplace death?
  • highway crashes (132),
  • falls to lower levels (72),
  • homicides (70)
  • being struck by an object (47).

Homicides is that one that surprises me.

Last week the Washington Post article, Under Bush, OSHA Mired in Inaction, was a less than flattering look at the agency. Expect the approach to be quite different under Secretary Solis and whoever ends up as head of OSHA.

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