The Wall Street Journal is reporting about the Federal budget increases in president Obama's budget. If the budget is approved this will result in more money and resources for federal enforcement of occupational safety standars.
"Mr. Obama is asking for $13.3 billion of discretionary spending to run the Labor Department, up 3% from fiscal 2009. The $400 million increase would boost enforcement of workplace-safety and wage rules, and pay for more staffers to ensure that businesses comply with equal-employment rules for federal contractors." Source Wall Street Journal
The Department of Labor estimates nearly 1,000 new employees will be hired to increase enforcement.
The construction industry should take a serious look at compliance issues before costly fines and legal issues further complicate the industry. The increase in funding is a reversal from the Bush administration cut backs during that period.
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