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Solis vows tougher enforcement, Safety emphasis in Green Jobs

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, in an appearance on Capitol Hill, told reporters that her priority for the agency was hiring more inspectors to beef up enforcement of OSHA and Wage and Hour laws. The Las Vegas Sun quoted Secretary Solis as stating that “We’ve seen large numbers of fatalities, injuries — that could be prevented — particularly in the construction industry. My priority right now is that we have seen where there is a great deal of concern of lack of enforcement over the last few years at work sites — at worker safety and Wage and Hour.†

Secretary Solis also addressed an issue that has been of great concern to the National COSH–the potential for increased safety hazards in the rush to create new jobs through the federal stimulus program. She indicated that the DOL will be vigilant “to ensure that contractors on stimulus projects are in compliance with the applicable laws.†