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2,400 U.S. companies allowed to avoid government safety inspections

A government program that allows businesses to implement “voluntary protection” for its workers has resulted in missed inspections, numerous industrial accidents and at least 80 deaths.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s Voluntary Protection Program(VPP) was set up for businesses and federal agencies with good safety records. VPP allows participants to avoid federal inspectors visiting their sites, even at chemical plants, shipyards and sawmills. They can avoid revaluation for the program for up to five years.