Indiana workplace safety agency addressing issues

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An Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokesman says the agency has cooperated fully with federal investigators who found the agency mishandled complaints, put its inspectors under strict time constraints and didn't help whistleblowers.

Spokesman Bob Dittmer says the agency has completed action on all but two of the 22 recommendations for improvement that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration made in a report released Wednesday.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports Regional OSHA Administrator Nick Walters notes in a Feb. 25 letter to the state agency that it had made some changes but needed to make more. Walters asked IOSHA Commissioner Rick Ruble to respond within 30 days.

OSHA's report said Indiana appeared negligent in not inspecting an Indianapolis Power & Light plant after a March 2013 dust explosion.

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