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AFL-CIO WELCOMES OSHA ANNOUNCEMENT ON N.C. PLAN

 AFL-CIO WELCOMES OSHA ANNOUNCEMENT ON N.C. PLAN
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The AFL-CIO issued the


following:
 The AFL-CIO welcomes the Department of Labor's announcement that it will withdraw approval of the North Carolina occupational safety and health program in 90 days if identified deficiencies are not corrected.
 OSHA's action to protect and improve safety and health for North Carolina workers is long overdue, and confirms the findings of the AFL-CIO in its September 1991 petition asking the federal government to take over the plan. It is unfortunate that it took the deaths of 25 workers in a chicken processing plant in Hamlet, N.C., to focus federal OSHA's attention on the longstanding problems with the program.
 Federal OSHA is required by law to make sure state programs provide effective protection. The failure of the state to maintain adequate numbers of qualified inspectors, to conduct targeted inspections in high-hazard workplaces and to respond to complaints from workers who have been discriminated against for raising job safety concerns are serious, long-term flaws in the plan that warrant its withdrawal.
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 /CONTACT: Colleen M. O'Neill, 202-637-5010, or Peg Seminario or Lynn Rhinehart, 202-637-5366, all of the AFL-CIO/ CO: AFL-CIO; Department of Labor ST: North Carolina IN: SU:


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