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Blog Author Steve Hudgik
Monday, February 11, 2008
Do Employers Underreport Workers' Injuries?
The Charlotte News & Observer
is reporting today that an OSHA official says that OSHA lets employers underreport workers' injuries. The article states that Bob Whitmore, "chief of record-keeping requirements for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said OSHA is allowing employers to vastly underreport the number of injuries and illnesses their workers suffer."
Mr. Whitmore is claiming that inuries and illnesses are actually two to three times higher than reported in some industries.
Towards the end the article also reports that Mr. Whitmore has been on administrative leave since last July. This resulted from a confrontation with a supervisor in which, Mr. Whitmore says, "the supervisor spat on him, so he stuck his foot in the man's door and threatened, 'If you ever do that again, I'll kick your [rear].'"
What do you think?
Are injuries and illnesses being underreported, or is Mr. Whitmore just trying to stir up trouble for his employer?
Labels: Industrial Health, Industrial Safety, OSHA
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