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Chico Workers’ Comp: Shutdown Severely Limits OSHA Inspection Force

Posted on Oct 23, 2013

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was forced to furlough more than 90% of its inspection force due to the government shutdown, the agency reports.

OSHA can only keep 230 out of 2,235 staffers working during the shutdown, leaving two inspectors to each of OSHA’s 92 area offices – barely enough active staff to respond to any but the most serious workplace emergencies.

What if you’re the victim of a Chico workplace injury while the government is shut down?

Remaining OSHA staff includes:

  • Members of the executive, compliance, and IT staff at the national headquarters
  • Administrators and support staff at regional offices
  • Inspectors in the area offices
  • Chemists and industrial hygienists in the Salt Lake City Technical Center

“Regular inspections, responding to complaints, outreach, consultation, preparations for rulemaking – all the ways OSHA prevents injuries and illnesses rather than dealing with them after the fact – won’t happen,” said Peg Seminario, director of safety and health for the AFL-CIO.

However, some local regulatory agencies will not be immediately impacted by the shutdown. A prime example being the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which will be able to proceed uninterrupted with regular duties.

Are you struggling to navigate the often needlessly challenging California workers’ compensation system? You don’t have to figure it out alone. Schedule a no-cost consultation with a Chico workers' comp lawyer today. Call the Ledgerwood Law Group at 888-761-7383 or fill out our online form. Our book, The California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual, is yours FREE for the asking.

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