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March 6, 2014

Indiana OSHA Receives "Scathing" Report from Federal Investigators

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A 19-page report from OSHA describes a long list of problems with the agency's Indiana counterpart, including mishandled complaints, blocked investigations and stifled whistle-blowers. The news is covered in a front-page article in today's Indianapolis StarAccording to the article:
 
"The findings confirm problems first reported in The Indianapolis Star about the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s decision to implement inspection quotas that inspectors said deterred complex investigations"


"IOSHA also took four times longer than allowed to initiate inspections and had a backlog of nearly 100 unprocessed complaints, some up to six weeks old, the report says."
 
"The federal investigation found that whistle-blowers aren’t told about their right to appeal, that employers use an IOSHA rule limiting investigations to 60 days to stall and get complaints dismissed, and that employees are often told to accept an employer’s settlement or IOSHA would drop their cases."
 
The state has 30 days to respond to the report’s findings.
 

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