Bloomberg Law
May 27, 2020, 5:05 PM

OSHA Health-Care Virus Safety Inspections Mount in Hard-Hit NY

Bruce Rolfsen
Bruce Rolfsen

Reports of increased deaths and hospitalizations of medical workers infected with coronavirus have prompted unprecedented numbers of federal workplace safety inspections at health-care facilities.

Federal OSHA nationwide opened 253 inspections of health-care facilities from March 16 through May 19, with 219 linked to worker deaths or hospitalizations of at least three workers from the same location, agency enforcement data shows. Of these new inspections, hospitals accounted for 121 federal cases while 81 inquiries were at nursing homes and other long-term residential care facilities.

During the same time span in 2019, OSHA opened only five health-care fatality and hospitalization cases.

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