The U.S. Senate, by a vote of 50-48, overturned OSHA’s so-called “Volks” rule, which had required employers to maintain injury records for five years. Overturning this rule means employers need to maintain records for only six months. Safety experts have argued that overturning the rule makes it easier to hide serious injuries from the government and more difficult to identify repeat violators. Former commissioners for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tabulates industry data, had also argued against overturning the bill.
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