OSHA releases enforcement summary statistics for 2014

Inspections and violations down

Posted September 15, 2015

In fiscal year (FY) 2014 OSHA conducted 36,163 total inspections and found 67,941 violations. This is more than 3,000 fewer inspections and 10,000 fewer violations than in FY 2013. Some of the decrease in total inspections and 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, which is still 7,000 fewer violations than in FY 2013.

The FY 2014 inspections include 146 significant enforcement actions, including 6 egregious cases. In addition, OSHA conducted 19,222 programmed inspections. According to OSHA, these inspections indicate that OSHA devoted more resources to proactively target the industries and employers that experienced the greatest number of workplace injuries and illnesses. OSHA also conducted 16,941 unprogrammed inspections, including employee complaints, injuries/fatalities, and referrals.

OSHA Inspection Statistics FY 2010 FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014
Total Inspections 40,993 40,614 40,961 39,228 36,163
Total Programmed Inspections 24,773 23,329 23,078 22,170 19,222
Total Unprogrammed Inspections 16,220 17,285 17,883 17,058 16,941
Fatality/Catastrophe Investigations 830 851 900 826 850
Complaints 8,027 8,765 9,573 9,505 9,570
Referrals 4,634 4,776 4,864 4,024 3,829
Other Unprogrammed Inspections 2,729 2,893 2,546 2,703 2,525
* Other Unprogrammed Inspections include: Fatality/Catastrophe, Monitoring, Follow-Up, Unprogrammed Related, and Unprogrammed Other 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
Total Violations 96,742 85,514 78,723 78,186 67,941ii
Total Serious Violations 74,885 62,115 57,112 58,316 49,616
Total Willful Violations 1519iii 594 423 319 439
Total Repeat Violations 2,758 3,229 3,034 3,139 2,966
Total Other-Than-Serious 17,244 19,306 18,054 16,290 14,503

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

ii 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.

iii 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. For more information see: https://www.osha.gov/dep/2014_enforcement_summary.html


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