The recession has had an impact on every person and industry in the nation. The journey to economic recovery may have started, however the effects of recent years will be felt for many years to come. Statistics and reports generated during the recession and the years immediately following will be skewed due to the change in economy.
Consider the number of workplace injuries and deaths reported in 2009. The Huffington Post recently published an article pointing out a decline in workplace accidents resulting in an injury or fatality in 2009. At first glance, readers might assume the reduction in accidents was due to improved safety standards or on-the-job training. In reality, the reduction in accidents is more likely the result of fewer people working at the time information was gathered for the report.
Information is collected and compared each year to determine what can be done to improve workplace safety. The data reflecting workplace accidents, injuries and death may be used to gauge the success of agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration which is responsible for regulating and enforcing safety in the workplace.
When comparing workplace safety data, it is important all factors are considered. The economy and subsequent reduction in available jobs must be taken into consideration when looking at data gathered during a recession. With fewer people reporting to work, the number of accidents and injuries in the workplace will obviously decline. As such, additional information must be gathered to ensure the statistics which are used to determine improvements or setbacks in workplace safety are accurate.