Latest published US Bureau of Labor Stats reflects that 375 people died on the job in California in 2012.
While the California workforce has grown by 22 percent in the last 20 years, the number of safety inspectors for the 17 million people employed in the state's 1.34 million workplaces has decreased by about 11 percent.
The lack of workplace safety inspectors means that Cal/OSHA is routinely missing its required deadlines for initiating and completing inspections. But, part of the reason is that Cal/OSHA wastes time focusing on the wrong thing. They demand every employer to report every serious injury; even those who have a stroke or brain aneurysm on the employer's property - when it's not a "recordable injury" because there is no connection to the work the employee performed. And the employer is fined $5,000 for failing to report or for reporting more than 8 hours after the event.
Compared to Federal OSHA and other states, Cal/OSHA wastes too much time conducting inspections following up on these reports of 'serious injuries" and also responding to employee complaints.
Cal/OSHA does not use statistics of causes of injuries to drive its inspection activities. Instead it focuses on employee complaints, which are often disgruntled employees striking back at their employer for a grievance unrelated to safety. Yet the inspection process costs the State money and harasses the employer.
It remains vital that your company get compliant and stay complaint. Any - you better have your written records in order, because as far as Cal/OSHA is concerned, if it isn't written down, it didn't happen. Even though Cal/OSHA inspectors are behind, your firm could still be visited. If you aren't ready when they show up, you won't like what happens next. For more information:
Call Don Dressler @ 949-533-3742.