An analysis by a Fort Wayne newspaper finds that the state agency charged with keeping Indiana workplaces safe is doing it with fewer inspectors and fines below the national average.
The Journal Gazette reports that the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration has struggled with employee turnover and some recent high-profile cases.
IOSHA conducts surprise inspections to make sure workplace safety laws are being enforced. IOSHA also responds to workplace complaints and follows up on fatalities and serious injuries at workplaces. According to computerized OSHA data, there was a distinct drop in IOSHA inspections in the early 1990s.
The newspaper also found that fines for serious violations in Indiana average less than half the national rate. IOSHA officials say they'd rather see businesses change than hand out finds.
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