workplace safety

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Indiana Senate Democrats say that without accountability, the state’s workplace safety guidelines around COVID-19 fall short. They say their offices continue to hear about a lack of enforcement of worker health protections. 

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Employers Begin To Plan Strategies To Reopen Safely

Apr 30, 2020
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Gov. Eric Holcomb says that he’ll detail the future of the “Stay-At-Home” order Friday and may give safety guidelines to allow some businesses to reopen. But workplaces will likely need to operate differently to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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As of Thursday, Indiana’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has received close to 6,000 non-formal complaints related to COVID-19. About half are questioning whether a company is really an essential business as defined by the governor’s “Stay-At-Home” orders.

In a written statement, an Indiana Department of Labor spokesperson said that’s about five times the number of non-formal complaints the agency sees in an entire year.

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A resolution passed by in the House Monday would honor those killed or injured at work. It would formally recognize April 28 as Workers Memorial Day.

Members of the United Steelworkers and AFL-CIO spoke in support of the resolution to promote workplace safety awareness. So did Samantha Hogue-Figgs, a Fort Wayne resident whose daughter was killed in a factory accident. 

“I feel like I had to take my pain and turn it into purpose,” she says.