The agency has not fully reckoned with airborne transmission of the coronavirus in settings like hospitals, schools and meatpacking plants, experts said.
The authorities said five people were found dead at a Prime Pak Foods plant in Gainesville, Ga., and a sixth person died at a hospital. At least nine others were hospitalized, officials said.
Unions, which largely support the new president, had complained that the Trump administration did little to protect workers from the coronavirus.
“There are safety standards and safety features that were supposed to be in place for every event,” a lawyer for the acrobats said.
A memo tells officials to hold back on news releases about enforcement decisions, saying they can linger unfairly online if citations are overturned.
Critics say the agency has applied scant oversight and negligible penalties despite virus outbreaks at many plants in the spring.
Businesses have little to fear from the government’s workplace safety office.
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Worker protections are critical during the pandemic — yet the Trump administration has issued only voluntary guidance instead of enforceable rules.
A heedless rush to protect businesses from the legal system endangers workers, customers and everyone else.
Contrary to misunderstandings, the actions fall short of ordering meatpacking facilities to reopen despite Covid-19 outbreaks among workers.
Critics say the federal agency charged with protecting worker safety has played a conspicuously small role during the pandemic.
Workplace safety is now a matter of public health.
An effective strategy to beat the virus is the ultimate answer to how we get our economy back on track.
Government action is essential to save lives and to rescue our economy. Let’s get back to work.