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Indiana’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is citing two nursing homes for serious violations. It’s the first time major COVID-19 workplace citations have been issued by state authorities. 

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INDIANAPOLIS — A federal investigation into how Indiana's safety agency reviewed an Amazon employee's death in 2017 has found it prematurely released the company from citations and fines. According to The Indianapolis Star, the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration gave advice to Amazon representatives on how to dismiss safety violation orders without proper evidence.

All IN: Safety Culture At Amazon

Dec 5, 2019
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Two years ago, a worker at an Amazon facility in Plainfield, Indiana died after a 1,200 pound forklift crushed him.

After a state safety inspector found it might have happened due to a lack of training, he says Governor Eric Holcomb and other state officials worked to shift blame away from Amazon, hoping to avoid bad press while the state competed to host the company's new headquarters. Holcomb says it didn't happen.