There has been great controversy in the past whether this data has been accurately reported, in that employers may NOT submit the data, and employees may be fearful of reporting accidents and injuries in the workplace because of the fear of employer retaliation. Recently the Trump Administration has taken steps to stall and eliminate the effectiveness of The Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (OSHA). See the Confined Space blog.
|Source: USDOL 11.09.2017|
This news release is the first in a series of two releases from BLS covering occupational safety and health statistics for the 2016 calendar year. The SOII presents estimates of counts and incidence rates of employer-reported nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses by industry and type of case, as well as more detailed estimates of case circumstances and worker characteristics for cases that resulted in days away from work.
A second release in December will provide data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work injuries to ensure that counts are as complete and accurate as possible.
Jon L. Gelman of Wayne NJ is the author of NJ Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters) and co-author of the national treatise, Modern Workers’ Compensation Law (West-Thomson-Reuters).