The Associated Press Quotes Rick Claypool on OSHA’s Absence During COVID Pandemic

By Shannon Iriarte, Shwetha Surendran, and Maggie Mulvihill

“The Bay State’s crisis illustrates the perils caused by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s retreat from its duties in recent years, as states, labor unions, worker-advocacy organizations and other stakeholders strove to fill in the gaps.”

“OSHA, the federal agency responsible for ensuring worker safety in the private sector, was ‘asleep at the switch for the duration of the pandemic’ under the Trump administration, said Rick Claypool, a research director for Public Citizen, a consumer-rights advocacy group.”

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