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Workers Face Delays as Virus Whistleblower Cases Inundate OSHA

Aug. 18, 2020, 5:51 PM

Workers making whistleblower complaints to OSHA are likely to find cases are taking longer to resolve because of the high number of virus-related claims and a limited number of investigators, the DOL Office of Inspector General said in a report.

The inspector general’s report released Tuesday recommends that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration try handling the rush of complaints more efficiently by spreading the caseload evenly across the agency’s 10 regions, speeding up the initial review of cases, and by filling five vacant investigator positions.

In a written response included in the report, OSHA administrator Loren Sweatt agreed ...