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Ferguson Votes to End OSHA Overreach

March 1, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-Ga.) today voted to overturn an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation that allowed employers to be cited for record-keeping violations for up to five years instead of the legal statute of limitations of six months.

“Employers should keep an accurate log of workplace injuries, but opening up investigations and fining businesses for five-year-old paperwork errors is excessive and aimed at collecting more fees rather than improving workplace safety,” said Ferguson. “Two federal appeals courts have already rejected the five-year standard as outside OSHA’s legal authority. This agency should be focused on cultivating workplace safety in real-time rather than prosecuting paperwork violations that are years old.”

“For too long, labor agencies have extended their power and stretched the letter of the law. As a member of the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that we achieve a balanced approach to protect Georgians and American workers and ward off over-regulation.”

Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has the ability to overturn recently finalized federal regulations with a joint resolution passed by both chambers and signed by the President. The House has passed fourteen CRAs so far this year.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 231-191.