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Special Assignment (Job Safety) #108863

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 28, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(NYC: Joe Bergantino) Basis of criticism against Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA) record in preventing job-site accidents examined; details given, scenes shown. [Union spokesperson Martin PLOOF - doesn't recall seeing OSHA inspector at any job site in years; cites his effort to get inspector at Boston site last year &government's response.] [Jim LAWLESS - describes son Martin Lawless' death at same site.] [OSHA regional director John MILES - defs. not responding to Ploof.] [Mary WALL - responds.] Cutbacks in OSHA inspectors and inspections since Ronald Reagan took office outlined on screen. Deaths and injuries on the job said rising since 1983. [Union spokesperson Eric FRUMAN - considers OSHA a lap dog.] OSHA noted relying on employers' own reports on which to base its analysis of inspections.] [AFL- CIO spokesperson Peg SEMINARIO - notes such arrangement encourages falsification of records.] [OSHA enforcement director Frank WRIGHT - defs. trusting employers.] Chrysler and Union Carbide noted among major corps. cited for allegedly not reporting injuries; fine levied against Morrell meatpacking company last week recalled. [Former OSHA INSPECTOR - describes pressure on inspectors not to rock the boat.] [WHITE - responds.] [WALL - comments on son's death.]

Bergantino, Joe;
Jennings, Peter

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