Picking up from where The Costs & Impacts of Workplace Injuries, According to OSHA (Pt. 1) left off, here, we’ll continue highlighting some of the major findings of a recently released OSHA report focused on revealing how workplace injuries contribute to income inequality.
While the first part of this blog series uncovered just who ends up shouldering most of the costs of workplace injuries, below, we’ll take a closer look at what OSHA has proposed in terms of resolving this important issue for U.S. workers.
Workplace Injuries & Income Inequality: OSHA’s Solution
To combat the growing financial burdens that are being placed on injured workers and their families – and to prevent workplace injuries from financially hobbling families, OSHA’s solution is simple: “prevent workplace injuries and illnesses from occurring in the first place.”
In fact, by focusing on prevention and workplace safety, employers could, as OSHA notes:
- Spare American workers and their families “needless hardship and suffering”
- Reduce overall healthcare system costs, including the costs of hospitalizations and ongoing medical treatment associated with workplace injuries.
The bottom line, according to OSHA, is that:
- The workers’ compensation systems in the U.S. are broken, as they are NOT offering the protections to injured workers that were intended.
- Employers’ unwillingness to prevent workplace injuries is costing workers, their families and U.S. taxpayers far more than it should be.
- The state of income inequality caused by workplace injuries can be reversed through creating safer workplaces, preventing workplace injuries and, possibly, making some changes to current workers’ compensation systems.
As the OSHA report noted, “more can, and must, be done. The acceptable number of work injuries, especially fatal work injuries, is zero. Many employers strive to prevent all injuries and illnesses while others do not.”
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