Statement from NAHB Chairman Ed Brady on Legal Challenge to OSHA Rule

January 05, 2017

Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill., issued the following statement on the legal challenge filed yesterday by NAHB and several other industry groups against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Department of Labor, regarding OSHA’s final rule called “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses:”

“NAHB and other industry groups have joined together to fight this unlawful and arbitrary rule. We have vigorously opposed this rule from the start, and cannot allow this type of regulatory overreach to occur.

“Among the many issues with the rule, there are significant concerns associated with OSHA’s requirement of employers to submit detailed injury and illness logs to the Agency for public posting. Not only does OSHA not have the authority to do this, it also exposes a business to significant reputational harm, all without demonstrating any evidence that it would effectively reduce workplace injuries and illnesses.

“We also have serious concerns about the anti-retaliation portion of the rule which would allow OSHA inspectors to cite an employer without needing a complaint from a worker—this is a clear overreach of authority as it goes against Congress’s carefully constructed mechanism to address retaliation that is specifically set forth in the OSHA statute.

“OSHA has not justified any of the rule’s requirements with any real benefits analysis and has relied entirely on anecdotal information. This is entirely insufficient and cannot be allowed to stand and potentially serve as a precedent for other Agency rules. Workplace safety is of the utmost concern of our members, however this rule is unlawful and does not serve its intended purpose of improving workplace safety. The rule needs to be vacated and set aside in its entirety.”