The United States Senate proposed a slight increase to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) budget for fiscal year 2019.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved funding for the final 12 appropriations bills on June 28, and the Senate passed a “minibus” to combine three of those bills. At the speed these bills have passed through the necessary stages on the way towards final approval, some officials believe that the agencies, including OSHA, could have their budgets set before fiscal year 2019 begins on October 1.
If passed in its current form, OSHA would have $556.8 million in discretionary funding, an increase of $4 million from this year. The administration’s proposed budget only included about $549 million for OSHA, and the House only allocated $545.3 million to OSHA.
In addition to the increased budget, the Senate wrote an accompanying report that summarized the committee’s considerations and priorities while creating the bill. It instructed OSHA to resume posting on-the-job deaths in a timely fashion, regardless of any citations issued by the agency.
“Making this information and data publicly available furthers OSHA’s mission by ensuring businesses, workers and the public know about and have access to timely and complete information on workplace safety, including enforcement actions, injuries, illnesses and deaths,” the report states.
Providing the necessary funding to allow safety agencies like OSHA to perform their important duties is a vital step towards keeping workers across the nation safe. Unfortunately, construction sites remain some of the most dangerous places for workers in New York. At The Perecman Firm, we are committed to fighting for the rights of those injured workers, and throughout our firm’s history we have secured more than $400 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients. If you were injured on the job, give us a call at (212) 577-9325 to discuss your legal options over the phone with one of our NYC construction accident lawyers, or fill out our online form today to set up a free case evaluation.