Government Contracts GAO Report Focuses on Safety of DoD Contractor Employees
Monday, March 11, 2019

GAO Report Focuses on Safety of DoD Contractor Employees

By Government Contracts Editorial Staff

The Government Accountability Office has issued a report to Congressional committees entitled Defense Contracting, Enhanced Information Needed on Contractor Workplace Safety. According to the report, incidents of worker injuries and deaths at several companies with Department of Defense contracts have raised questions about safety for workers employed by DoD contractors. Section 814 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (PL 115-91) required the GAO to review issues related to the safety and health records of DoD contractors. This report examines the incidence of prior serious safety or health violations among selected companies with DoD manufacturing and construction contracts, and how DoD and selected DoD components address contractor workplace safety and health during the acquisition process.

Prior Violators. The GAO found that some of the selected companies with DoD manufacturing or construction contracts in FY 2017 had been previously cited for serious safety or health violations. Of the 192 companies with DoD contracts that the GAO selected for review, 106 had been inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or state occupational safety and health agencies during FYs 2013 through 2017. These inspections resulted in 83 companies being cited for at least one violation, including 52 with at least one serious violation. But available data did not permit the GAO to determine whether these violations occurred during work on a DoD contract, because OSHA inspection data do not include that information. The GAO recommended that the DoD and OSHA improve the use and availability of information about workplace safety for defense contractors.

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