State-run occupational safety and health programs also are affected by the federal government shutdown.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) steps in to deliver OSHA-related news the agency couldn’t because of the shutdown.
Notable proposed fines
$118,300 to West Fertilizer Co. in connection with the deadly April explosion that killed 15 people and injured about 200
The federal government shutdown has reduced OSHA staffing levels to 10 percent of pre-shutdown levels. Most activities – including compliance assistance and inspections – have stopped. Until the government shutdown ends, the agency only will respond to fatal workplace incidents or catastrophes, or whistleblower complaints of workers being in imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm.
13 days since the shutdown began.
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