What had been featured prominently on the agency’s homepage is now shorter and harder to find
Earlier this week, if you had navigated to OSHA.gov in search of information about the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) agency committed to improving the safety of American workers, you would have been greeted by a prominent ticker listing recent workplace fatalities . Each entry had a date, state, name, and brief explanation of how the worker died.
That item was removed Friday from the OSHA website, however, in an effort to make the public data more “accurate and useful,” Politico  reported, citing a DOL spokesperson.
“The previous listings included fatal incidents that were outside federal OSHA jurisdiction, not work-related, or the employer was not cited for a violation related to the incident,” Mandy Kraft said in a release. “We are continuing to review all of the data to ensure it is accurate and useful to our stakeholders .”
Critics were quick to blast the change. Jordan Barab, a former OSHA official under the Obama administration, called it a “brazen attempt to hide from the American public the extent of workplace fatalities in this country .”
In place of the workplace fatalities ticker, the updated OSHA site  now lists information on training, compliance assistance, and cooperative and recognition programs. Then there’s an introduction to a new ticker praising specific companies by name: “Below are just a few examples of our cooperative programs that work with and recognize employers who create safe workplaces,” it says.
Representatives with DOL and OSHA did not immediately respond Friday to requests for comment.
Update (8/28/17): An OSHA spokesperson responded in an email Friday with the same comments reported by Politico. “Previous entries [in OSHA’s fatalities data set] remain available in the original format on OSHA’s data and statistics page ,” the spokesperson noted. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had asked OSHA to revise  its fatalities-reporting practices.