The Trump Administration is considering making draconian reductions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the 2018 Budget Proposals. The Department of Labor is also facing a reduction in funding and these cuts will eliminate or severely decrease job training and safety measures that will prevent worker injuries or moreover deaths in the workplace. Read more about these proposed budget cuts in an article that was published in EHS Today.
Here is the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area one doesn’t have to look very far to see how important OSHA and its guidelines are needed in the workplace. In December 2016, an employee of Arrow Plumbing, LLC of Blue Springs lost his life while working in a trench at a construction site in Belton, MO. OSHA has levied fines against this company totaling over $770K and the case is currently under appeal. Read more about this in an article posted in the KC Star.