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OSHA reports high injury/illness rates
More than 14,000 employers have been notified that their worksite injury and illness rates are higher than average — and that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is watching.
In a letter sent to the employers in March, OSHA offered its help to any that wanted to proactively take steps to reduce their injury and illness rates. Workplaces with high injury and illness rates were identified by OSHA through employer-reported data from a 2006 survey that gathered 2005 data from 80,000 sites. The workplaces identified had 5.3 or more injuries or illnesses resulting in days away from work, restricted work activity, or job transfer (DART) for every 100 full-time workers. The national average during 2005 was 2.4 DART instances for every 100 workers.
OSHA says the list does not designate any employers earmarked for future inspections; the agency will announce targeted inspections later in 2007. The 14,201 sites are listed alphabetically by state on OSHA's Web site at www.osha.gov/as/opa/foia/hot_13.html.