Democrats charge OSHA isn’t protecting front-line workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deaths from the coronavirus have now topped 100,000 in the United States, and Democrats are criticizing the Trump administration for what they say is a failure to protect front-line workers, including those at meatpacking plants and health-care facilities where outbreaks of the disease are spiking. At a House hearing, Democrats said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been “largely invisible” during the pandemic and hasn’t found ways to combat the outbreak, such as by issuing an emergency temporary standard for worker protection. Instead OSHA has relied on guidance that recommends companies erect physical barriers, enforce social distancing and install more hand-sanitizing stations, among other steps.