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OSHA fines Pennsylvania contractor $209K for excavation violations

March 11, 2019

The August 2018 inspection, according to OSHA, was prompted by a complaint, as was another Etna inspection pertaining to falls earlier that month. Agency records show that Etna still owes the Labor Department at least $10,365 in fines related to another fall-specific inspection in May 2018.

OSHA has the power of the federal government behind it, but its reach is limited because it doesn’t have enough staff to fill all roles. When counting those states with state plans and their own federal inspectors, OSHA has about 2,100 inspectors responsible for keeping about 130 million people at 8 million establishments safe and healthy at work.

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