Surprise is part of the enforcement toolbox that inspectors with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) employ, but it’s probably not an emotion they share with employers as they assess job sites and uncover violations that could compromise worker safety. Rather, their reaction may be closer to one of “here we go again.” That’s because for several years running, inspectors — who enter workplaces under varied pretenses, including
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OSHA rules addressing the most consequential workplace safety lapses continue to draw agency attention. So why does its annual list of top 10 violations stay so consistent?