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OSHA Says U.S. is Far Behind in Work Injury Prevention

Steve Wagner

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has just released an eye-opening report on the lack of preventative safety and training measures in our country, and how the prevention of injuries is the greatest way to protect our workers to begin with. According to the report, we are “adding inequality to injury” by failing to protect the millions of workers who are injured or killed every year, and by treating their injuries with a very broken and inadequate workers’ compensation system.

The report states that:

“The most effective solution to the problem posed by this paper is to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses from occurring. This would spare workers and their families from needless hardship and suffering, as well as the loss of income and benefits associated with these conditions. At the same time, it is vitally important that state-based workers’ compensation programs take steps to eliminate roadblocks that prevent workers with compensable injuries or illnesses from receiving the full compensation to which they are entitled.”

Some studies show that the average work comp payment an injured employee receives is only 21% of what the actual cost of their total injury, loss of income, rehabilitation, and medical expenses would be.

Those figures are even less staggering than the overall numbers of how many injured and sick workers actually apply for workers’ compensation to begin with. Estimates show that nearly 97% of workers who suffer on-the-job injuries or illnesses don’t even apply for work comp, because often their symptoms go unchecked for a number of years, discovering the long-term effects of their ailments after their employment has ended.

You can read more reports from OSHA to get a more detailed picture of the statistics behind work related injury prevention, and you can always call Wagner Reese for questions about your workers’ compensation payments, on-the-job injury or illness, or the loss of a loved one due to a work accident. Schedule a free consultation with one of our work injury attorneys at (888) 204-8440.

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