: News

Delegate Norton Targets D.C. Vistor's Center

Play associated audio

By Alice Ollstein

The new Capital Visitors Center in Washington doesn't have a reporting system in place for visitor injuries, and that's drawing the ire of D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton. She held a hearing on Capitol Hill to address problems with health, safety and workers rights.

Though the Architect of the Capitol says federal facilities are safer than ever, other testimonies at the hearing allege that health and safety violations abound. Norton focused mainly on visitor injuries, and grilled the panel about why there is no system in place to report and analyze them.

"If you want to see some member of Congress get angry, let’s let a bunch of visitors from her district get hurt in the Capitol," says Norton.

Employee injuries are meticulously recorded and addressed under OSHA laws. But accidents among the millions of Capitol Hill visitors could go unnoticed.

"We could have, for all you know, dozens of injuries of visitors, and all you know is whether we got sued," she says. "What kind of after-the-fact approach to preventing accidents is that?"

Norton ordered the Office of Compliance to report back to her in 30 days with a plan for a better reporting system.

WAMU 88.5

Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

NPR

5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
WAMU 88.5

The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

WAMU 88.5

The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam: Please join us to talk about what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.