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Unformatted text preview: . A typical American employer could expect an OSHA
inspection about once every eighty years. Nevertheless, the Reagan administration was determined to reduce OSHA’s authority even further,
as part of the push for deregulation. The number of OSHA inspectors was eventually cut by 20 percent, and in 1981 the agency adopted a
new policy of “voluntary compliance.” Instead of arriving unannounced at a factory and performing an inspection, OSHA employees were
required to look at a company’s injury log before setting foot inside the plant. If the records showed an injury rate at the factory lower than
the national average for all manufacturers, the OSHA inspector had to turn around and leave at once — without entering the plant,
examining its equipment, or talking to any of its workers. These injury logs were kept and maintained by company officials.
For most of the 1980s OSHA’s relationship with the meatpacking industry was far from adversarial. While the number of serious injuries
rose, the number of OSHA inspections fell. The death of a worker on the jo...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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