A proposal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to toughen the silica-dust rule has drawn reactions from business and labor groups. OSHA claims the rules will protect construction workers and prevent 700 fatalities yearly, but the National Federation of Independent Business and the National Industrial Sand Association say the rules would hurt businesses and jobs. The Center for Effective Government contends the proposal will create jobs, while the AFL-CIO says it would reduce worker-related deaths and diseases from silica exposure, The Hill reports.

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