According to OSHA officials, there have been 45 workplace deaths since October in a four-state region that includes Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. Twenty-four of those deaths have occurred in Missouri.
OSHA’s Region 7 covers approximately 182,500 businesses in Missouri, nearly 82,000 in Kansas and more than 67,000 in Nebraska. Iowa has its own state OSHA program that covers public and private workers.
OSHA acting regional administrator Bonita Winingham encourages employers to work with OSHA to try to ensure worker safety.
“There’s a myth out there that if you call OSHA for help, you’re going to be inspected. That is not the case. Our goal is really to help these employers improve the safety and health in their workplaces so all those employees go home safe and healthy to their families at the end of the day,” says Winingham.
Employers can get advice by calling OSHA’s Hotline: 1-800-321-OSHA (6742) or by visiting its website.
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