Washington — As much as 69 % of workplace injuries and illnesses may never be reported to OSHA, according to a newly released House Committee on Education and Labor staff report.

“Without accurate injury and illness statistics, employers and workers are unable to identify and address safety and health hazards, and policy makers are unable to assess the state of workplace safety in this country,” says Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the committee. “We simply must not allow a lack of information to permit hazardous working conditions to go unaddressed, putting workers’ limbs and lives at risk.”

The report contends both employers and OSHA have incentives to report and use faulty data. The fewer injuries and illnesses an employer reports, the less likely the employer will be inspected by OSHA and the more likely it will pay lower premiums for workers compensation.

Source: Committee on Education and Labor

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