A report released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed a complete and systemic failure in the way that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) tracks workplace injuries.
The report finds that:
- OSHA overlooks information from workers about injuries and illnesses because it does not routinely interview them as part of its records audits;
- OSHA also does not review the accuracy of injury and illness records for worksites in eight high hazard industries because it has not updated the industry codes used to identify these industries since 2002.
A summary of the report is available at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-10.