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OSHA and its critics

Just out in The American: our own Jim Copland pokes some holes in New York Times reporter Stephen Labaton's supposed expose of lax enforcement practices at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

...here�s the rub: under Bush�s tenure, American workplaces have actually gotten safer. From 2000 to 2005, workplace fatalities fell from 5,920 to 5,702�a slightly better annual rate of improvement than under Bill Clinton�s tenure. Non-fatal workplace injuries have also fallen from 6.1 to 4.6 cases per 100 workers, a decline of almost 25 percent.

Apparently, these real results matter less to the Times and its quoted experts than the fact that Bush -� who explicitly campaigned on a platform of reducing regulatory complexity �- has rolled back favored policies, streamlined others, embraced voluntary compliance programs, and failed to regulate in safety advocates� favored areas.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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