Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs Of Failing To Protect Workers On The Job

Source: U.S.Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, 2015

The financial and social impacts of workplace injuries are huge, with workers and their families and taxpayer-supported programs paying most of the costs. …. In summary, despite a more-than-40-year-old legal obligation to provide safe workplaces, the unwillingness of many employers to prevent millions of work injuries and illnesses each year, and the failure of the broken workers’ compensation system to ensure that workers do not bear the costs of their injuries and illnesses, are truly adding inequality to injury. ….