The Watertown (N.Y.) Daily Times reports that anxiety surrounding the OSHA inspections is persuasive among the state’s farmers for a good reason. In 2012, inspection officers from the agency’s 24-county central New York region handed out 1,346 violation citations to businesses during 592 inspections. Fines totaled $2.6 million, with the average about $2,500 and the highest about $7,000. The inspections included various businesses, including agriculture, manufacturing and construction. It was unclear how many of the violations pertained to farms.
Currently, OSHA officers inspect dairy farmers only when they receive a safety- or health-related complaint or feral from an employee, resident or other agency. Read more.