Workers at Risk
The Failed Promise of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
by Thomas O. McGarity, Sidney A. Shapiro
February 1993, 376pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-275-94281-6
$84, £63, 70€, A120

Examines shortcomings and proposes improvements in OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is not close to meeting its mandate to protect American workers, according to administrative law specialists McGarity and Shapiro. Thousands of men and women are still victims of workplace accidents and occupational disease. The goal of this book is to analyze why OSHA has failed and to suggest what can be done to set it back on track. The book, divided into six parts, evaluates the current status of the protection of workers and provides a history of OSHA regulation. The authors suggest four methods to reduce workplace health and safety risks: (1) better management of OSHA; (2) reduced oversight by the courts and the executive branch; (3) a change in OSHA’s legislative mandate; and (4) empowering workers to protect themselves.

This important work will be of interest to scholars and professionals in occupational health, labor economics, labor law, and human resource management.

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