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[trump] Workplace safety regulators have taken a lenient stance toward employers during the pandemic, giving them broad discretion to decide internally whether to report worker deaths. As a result, scores of [covid] deaths were not reported to occupational safety officials from the earliest days of the pandemic through late October.

KHN examined more than 240 deaths of healthcare workers profiled for the Lost on the Frontline project and found that employers did not report more than one-third of them to a state or federal Osha office, many based on internal decisions that the deaths were not work-related – conclusions that were not independently reviewed.

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“Nobody’s holding them to account.”...

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In addition, federal Osha rules don’t apply to about 8 million public employees. Only government workers in states with their own state OSHA agency are covered. In other words, in about half the country, if a government employee dies on the job – such as a nurse at a public hospital in Florida, or a paramedic at a fire department in Texas – there’s no requirement to report it and no one to look into it.


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/27/us-regulator...
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