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COVID-19 Complaints Pour In To Oregon OSHA

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Coronavirus-related complaints are pouring in to the Oregon agency that regulates workplace safety.

The submissions are coming in from employees at nearly every kind of business that’s remained open during the pandemic, as well from workers at several state agencies and local government bodies. More than 1,200 complaints have been filed so far…a number that’s growing every day.

The concerns fall into two broad categories: Workers who say their employers won’t let them work from home, and workers who say their employers aren’t following social distancing protocols or providing enough personal protection equipment.

Oregon Occupational Safety and Health is fielding the complaints and responding as fast as possible, but the volume this month has been far greater than the agency is accustomed to.

The form to use to submit concerns is available at this link.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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