Congress May Undo Rule That Pushes Firms To Keep Good Safety Records

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Safety advocates are worried that lawmakers are getting ready to make it harder to penalize companies that don't keep track of workers' injuries. Since 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has required many employers to keep careful records of any worker injuries or illnesses. David Michaels , the former head of OSHA who now is a professor at George Washington University's School of Public Health, says the rules affect millions of Americans employed in "everything from steel mills to poultry processing plants." Companies are required to keep injury records for five years, and he says this isn't pointless paperwork. "The only way employers and workers understand what's going on in the workplace and why workers are being hurt is by...

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