Since 2000, sources say that there are at least fifteen workplace deaths that are not accounted for in OSHA’s fatal accident database. While the agency acknowledges that these incidents should be included, they also have no explanation for their omission. Equally curious, at least eighty workers have suffered fatalities on worksites that have been judged as “model workplaces” by OSHA. This database monitors safety issues at companies deemed worthy to implement Voluntary Protection Programs, called VPP.
After these events, inspectors identified forty-seven cases where “serious” safety violations existed. Unfortunately, data indicates that even after an accident resulting in a fatality and the discovery of safety violations, at least 65% of these workplaces remain in the VPP program, and are thus not subject to stricter OSHA control.