SAFETY: OSHA Under Attack

When Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration four years ago, it acted out of justifiable concern about the shockingly high rate of U.S. job-caused injuries and illnesses (some 2.4 million disabling industrial injuries were reported in 1972 alone; many others doubtless went unreported). OSHA was empowered to set national standards to replace a welter of conflicting health and safety guidelines, send inspectors to factories, stores and offices to check on compliance, levy stiff fines on violators and even order unsafe businesses to close down. In operation, however, OSHA has...

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