Federal records show healthcare workers’ pleas for better COVID protective gear

July 10, 2020

Michigan’s McLaren Flint hospital’s problems with personal protective equipment (PPE) have been well documented, according to an article on the ABC News website. In mid-March, the state office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) received five complaints, which described employees receiving “zero PPE.” 

The cases were closed April 21, after the hospital presented paperwork saying problems had been resolved. There was no onsite inspection, and the hospital’s written response was deemed sufficient.

Since March, more than 4,100 COVID-related complaints regarding healthcare facilities have been filed nationwide.

A KHN investigation found that at least 35 healthcare workers died after OSHA received safety complaints about their workplaces. The agency had closed almost all of those complaints, and none of them led to a citation or a fine.

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