The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its 2018 enforcement summary  and the results indicate that the overall number of inspections the organization had to make were down 1.2% last year, to 32,023.

Of that total number, 13,956 were labeled as programmed (planned inspections that are focused on industries and operations where known hazards exist), representing a 3% decrease from last year. At that rate, there were 36 more unprogrammed inspections than the year prior, still accounting for 56% of the total number of inspections in 2018.

Further breakdown of the 18,067 inspections labeled as unprogrammed shows there were 3,174 labeled as “other,” marking a nearly a 20% increase over 2017. There also was a notable increase for fatalities and catastrophe inspections, which rose to 941 and account for 5.2% of all the unprogrammed inspections but still represent a 12% increase from the previous year. Slight increases also surfaced for referrals, rising to 6,463 (a 2.8% increase over 2017), but the biggest slice of the pie came from the 7,489 inspections stemming from complaints—albeit a decrease of 9.2 percent since the last enforcement summary.

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