According to the the Center for Public Integrity, 4,690 people were killed at work in 2010, up three percent from 2009.
That number means that more Americans died in their workplaces in one year than died during the entire war in Iraq.
Many on-the-job deaths were met with only a small fine, an average of $7,900. Some workplaces were never inspected at all, reports IWatch.org.
In fact, it would take the short-staffed OSHA 130 years to inspect every workplace in the U.S.
A target of 42,250 inspections nationwide was established for fiscal year 2012, up 5.6 percent from the previous year’s goal. The number of federal inspectors, meanwhile, has stayed mostly flat; there were 1,118 in February 2012.
Republicans, who consider enforcement of OSHA standards ‘job-killing’ regulation, have proposed slashing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) budget by 20 percent.