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Yale Claims “Inaccuracies” in OSHA Letter Regarding Safety Deficiencies

Reuters reports that Yale University  finds “significant inaccuracies” in the letter sent by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration concerning safety deficiencies in the university machine shop where student Michele Dufault died in April.  In a statement issued yesterday, Yale claims that the lathe was up to national standards, contrary to OSHA’s finding that it lacked required safety features.  Yale also stated that it provides extensive safety training to students using the equipment and also did regular inspections of the machine.

Because Dufault was not an employee, OSHA lacks jurisdiction to impose fines in the case.