Federal agencies, including the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, are involved in informing Allegheny County employers and employees about workplace safety rules. Regulators at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration attempt to enforce these rules through job site inspections and work-related accident investigations.
Efforts made by federal agencies are weakened by a lack of power, including a hobbled workforce. OSHA is considerably understaffed to monitor safety practices for the 130 million workers in the agency's jurisdiction. Even when inspectors find violations, government fines often aren't enough to compel employers to change approaches to worker safety.