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Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Employers must always be prepared for the arrival of a compliance officer by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Your company may be chosen for inspection for one of several reasons. Generally, OSHA will not notify an employer it will be inspecting the workplace. OSHA has established a system of inspection priorities and will inspect “imminent danger” situations first – where it is determined an employee is in danger of being subject to death or serious physical harm.
The second priority is investigation of fatalities and accidents resulting in a death or hospitalization of three or more employees. OSHA then will inspect establishments which it receives complaints or referrals of alleged hazards. Finally, OSHA establishes a schedule of inspections for what are considered high-hazard industries and workplaces, such as construction.