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Companies Underreporting Work-Related Injuries

A new report by The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates work-related injuries and illnesses are often under-reported. The report finds many employers did not report workplace illnesses and injuries for fear of jeopardizing their chances of winning contract bids for new work, increasing their workers’ compensation costs or because they were worried their co-workers might lose awards, as part of safety-based incentive programs.  The report also found that at least a third of occupational health providers said they were pressured to withhold medical treatments or downplay serious illness and injury so companies could avoid filing reports with OSHAClick here to read full report.