OSHA the Business Buster
OSHA has overstepped its boundaries by beating up on the new construction industry, you say, “what new construction Industry?” That’s what I am going to enlighten you on. Since the collapse of the housing market, due to Barney Frank and Chris Dodds genius minds dealing with Freddie and Fanny, there is not much going on in construction. The unemployment for construction workers is at 28%, with over 2 million workers out of a job, I would venture to say they need every break they can get, for some reason OSHA doesn’t see it that way. In Johnson County, Kansas new construction has started to pick up slightly, I mean very slightly. The crews that are working feel very fortunate since they have been starving for the last 4 years. Some of the contractors that I interviewed are 1 to 2 months behind on their house payments and worried about foreclosure, just having a job to work on is a small sign of hope. So OSHA decides to make things better for them by making regular rounds to the job sites like Nazi’s entering Poland. These academic, pin heads with zero clue on how a house is put together in a semi-affordable manner are slapping fines on these poor guy’s that cost more than a new Ford diesel pickup truck. One contractor that I know personally, was fined $40,000.00 for not complying to regulations that were meant for large industrial environments. That was his first encounter with these revenue generators in over 30 years of being in the business. OSHA claims that over 37,000 emergency room visits per year are caused by nail guns, this is posted on OSHA’s website. Let’s look at some raw data here, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 721,000 carpenters were in existence in 2008. Since then another 10% have lost their jobs, if my math is right that leaves 648,000 that are potential victims of nail gun injuries. That means that 1 in 20 carpenters get rushed to the e.r. for life threatening injuries every year. Since my background was in the construction industry, I happen to know more than 20 carpenters who use nail guns everyday. I will admit that even I have been slapped with an airborne nail, or drew some blood from curling trim nails, but I have only heard of 1 carpenter who had to have emergency medical attention from a nail gun accident. I would venture to say that OSHA is fabricating the truth to generate support for their totalitarian behavior. This is nothing more than a revenue generator from the back bones of people who actually work for a living.
Quote of the day:
” If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years ther’ed be a shortage of sand.”