OSHA must improve safety checks on employer records, GAO says

11/16/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration should improve its system for monitoring the accuracy of employer records on worker injuries and illnesses, especially in "high hazard" industries, a report from the Government Accountability Office said. The report found that OSHA inspectors don't always interview workers to verify if the data from employers are correct. Congressional Democrats ordered the GAO inquiry because of skewed statistics on workplace injuries between 1992 and 2007.

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