OSHA releases 2015 enforcement data

Agency says new injury reporting requirements led to increase in unprogrammed inspections

Posted April 14, 2016

In fiscal year (FY) 2015 OSHA conducted 35,820 total inspections, according to the agency’s 2015 enforcement summary statistics. This number includes 123 significant enforcement actions (including eight egregious [instance-by-instance] cases). In addition, OSHA conducted 19,293 unprogrammed inspections, initiated through employee complaints, injuries/fatalities, and referrals.

OSHA also conducted 16,527 programmed inspections. Programmed inspections target the industries and employers that experienced the greatest number of workplace injuries and illnesses.

During FY 2015, OSHA said it dedicated more resources responding to unprogrammed activities, due in large part to the new severe injury reporting requirements, which became effective January 1, 2015.

OSHA Inspection Statistics

FY 2010

FY 2011

FY 2012

FY 2013

FY 2014

FY 2015

Total Inspections

40,993

40,614

40,961

39,228

36,174i

35,820

Total Programmed Inspections

24,773

23,329

23,078

22,170

19,195

16,527

Total Unprogrammed Inspections

16,220

17,285

17,883

17,058

16,979

19,293

Fatality/Catastrophe Investigations

830

851

900

826

853

912

Complaints

8,027

8,765

9,573

9,505

9,568

9,037

Referrals

4,634

4,776

4,864

4,024

3,840

4,705

Other Unprogrammed Inspections

2,729

2,893

2,546

2,703

2,718

4,639ii

*Other unprogrammed inspections include: monitoring, follow-up, variance, unprogrammed related, unprogrammed other, and employer reported referral inspections.

Note: FY 2011 includes OSHA Information System (OIS) data and OSHA's Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) data that is of limited comparability to previous years that only include IMIS data.

OSHA Violation Statistics

FY 2010

FY 2011

FY 2012

FY 2013

FY 2014

FY 2015

Total Violations

96,742

85,514

78,723

78,186

67,941iii

65,044

Total Serious Violations

74,885

62,115

57,112

58,316

49,616

47,934

Total Willful Violations

1,519iv

594

423

319

439

527

Total Repeat Violations

2,758

3,229

3,034

3,139

2,966

3,088

Total Other-than-Serious

17,244

19,306

18,054

16,290

14,503

13,016

Note: Agency technical assistance requests, hazard alert letters, failure-to-abate, and unclassified violations are not included in the table.

For more information on OSHA inspections, see the OSHA Inspection Fact Sheet.

i The October 2013 government shutdown occurred during this time period.

ii FY 2015 was the first year OSHA began tracking “employer reported referral” inspections. This category is the result of the new recordkeeping rule in which employers are responsible for reporting all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye to OSHA within 24 hours. Employer reported referral inspections accounted for 1,864 unprogrammed inspections in FY 2015.

iii Much of the decrease in total violations in FY 2014 is attributed to the government shutdown that occurred from October 1-16, 2013. Without the government shutdown, OSHA estimates that there would have been approximately 71,000 total violations recorded in FY 2014.

iv It should be noted that the significant increase in willful violations in FY 2010 is due to a number of significant enforcement actions in the refinery industry.


 

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