Thursday, April 13, 2006

BLS Significantly Underestimates Injuries and Illnesses

Worker related injuries greater than thought ...

"A NIOSH-funded study conducted by researchers from Michigan State University concludes that the current national system for calculating workplace injuries and illnesses "markedly underestimates the magnitude of these conditions."

The study, which is detailed in the April edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, analyzes Michigan workplace injury and illness data in five different databases, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for the years 1999, 2000 and 2001. From that analysis, the researchers conclude that the number of work-related injuries and illnesses in Michigan is three times greater than BLS estimates."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)
The findings lead the researchers to believe that BLS significantly underestimates U.S. workplace injuries and illnesses. The researchers conclude that BLS needs to overhaul its current system "to address the undercount.

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