According to a report by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on
Education and Labor, a staggering 69 percent of all workplace injuries and
illnesses may not be represented in the Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, which many trust as a gauge
of the safety of American workplaces. On a corporate level, not reporting
or under-reporting workplace injuries can have serious ramifications for the
organization and the employer, which can include fines, exorbitant and
unnecessary, health costs and more.
Research has found that the employer’s behavior, policies and attitude are
key determinants in a worker’s decision to report an injury. Not only is it
essential that employees are educated on the importance of reporting
injuries, it is also important to examine your company policies so you are
not inadvertently discouraging reporting. The consequences of
under-reporting can be severe.
Consequences of Under-reporting