Report Lists Indiana’s Workplace Safety Problems

March 7, 2014

Federal investigators say Indiana’s workplace safety agency mishandled complaints, put its inspectors under strict time constraints and didn’t help whistleblowers.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a report released Wednesday made 22 recommendations for improvement at the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reported Regional OSHA Administrator Nick Walters, in a Feb. 25 letter to the state agency, noted it had made some changes but needed to make more. Walters asked IOSHA Commissioner Rick Ruble to respond within 30 days.

Worplace Safety Workers Compensation Worker Injury ConstructionOSHA’s report said Indiana appeared negligent in not inspecting an Indianapolis Power & Light plant after a March 2013 dust explosion. An IOSHA compliance officer told superiors it represented a potential “imminent danger.”

A message seeking comment was left with an IOSHA spokesman.

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  • March 7, 2014 at 1:50 pm
    R says:
    Republicans cut the budget, cut the government, cut services, cut regulations and you get contractors not following rules which endanger more than just their workers. Or you ... read more
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