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Employers and Workers: Artificially Lowering Workplace Injury Statistics?

09.13.2017

By Jim Thompson

Sarasota, FL (WorkersCompensation.com) - Officially speaking, there were nearly 3 million workplace injuries in the United States in 2015, according to the latest data year from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII).

But those numbers are widely acknowledged, even by the BLS, to be inaccurate. The BLS notes on its own website that the bureau and its research partners “have conducted multiple studies which indicate that SOII failed to capture some cases…” But, the BLS assessment goes on to note, the agency and its partners “could not determine the magnitude or leading cause of an undercount.”

If the BLS is at a loss for explaining workplace injury “undercount,” a number of studies and workplace...

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