WASHINGTON – During today’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) asked Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt to explain why the agency has issued only one COVID-19 workplace safety citation during the worst worker safety crisis in recent history.
The sole citation was for recordkeeping.
Though OSHA is not tracking nationwide workplace infections, incomplete data show that tens of thousands of workers have become infected and thousands have died. Federal OSHA has received over 4,500 worker complaints related to COVID-19, but has conducted only 42 complaint inspections.
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