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March 17, 2017

Workplace Safety Rule in Jeopardy; Public Health Groups Seek to Intervene

Industry Attempts to Scrap Workplace Injury and Illness Tracking Rule


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Public health groups are entitled to intervene in a Texas lawsuit in which industry groups are suing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over a workplace injury and illness electronic reporting and public disclosure rule, Public Citizen, American Public Health Association, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and Center for Media and Democracy, said in a motion filed today.

The case was brought by various employers in the construction and manufacturing industries. The employers claim that OSHA’s Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses rule is unlawful because they do not want to submit workplace injury and illness reports electronically and have those reports made public. The groups filing the motion to intervene maintain that the rule is lawful and an important source of data for researchers who want to improve workplace safety.

“Under the new administration, which has vowed to repeal and weaken key safeguards that protect workers’ health and safety, this rule is needed more than ever,” said Dr. Sammy Almashat, researcher with Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “These data are critical to our mission as researchers seeking to reduce hazards that workers face on the job.”

The motion to intervene was filed in the U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas. Read the motion.

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