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Almost 4,000 Complaints Filed With OSHA Over COVID-19 Safety

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 May 2020 01:29 PM EDT

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has received 3,990 complaints from people who are concerned about coronavirus safety at their workplace.

"OSHA is hearing from workers in various industries concerned about coronavirus in their workplace and, in some instances, from workers who believe they have been wrongly disciplined or lost their job because they raised safety or health concerns about the virus," a spokesperson is quoted saying by Newsweek.

"Under existing OSHA rules and requirements, employers have a duty to protect employees who are exposed to coronavirus at work. Where employers fail to take the steps needed to protect workers from known risks, OSHA has the enforcement tools to respond as appropriate."

OSHA said it is “investigating all complaints and responding appropriately. So far, 2,694 of the cases have been closed.

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia has defended his department's handling of workplace safety during the coronavirus pandemic, saying "the cop is on the beat" in response to union criticism about a lack of directives to protect workers.

Scalia said OSHA is taking a two-pronged approach by providing industry-specific guidance that it could enforce if employers fail to adopt it.

Jeffrey Rodack

Jeffrey Rodack, who has nearly a half century in news as a senior editor and city editor for national and local publications, has covered politics for Newsmax for nearly seven years.

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