Improving our understanding of nonfatal occupational injuries
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Improving our understanding of nonfatal occupational injuries

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    This blog is part of a series for NIOSH’s 50th anniversary highlighting research and prevention throughout the Institute’s history. Counting and describing nonfatal occupational injuries are vital to understanding and prevention. However, this is very difficult to accomplish on a national level. There are large numbers of injuries that are captured, in part, by different sources, and some are not captured at all. There is no single, comprehensive national source of occupational injury data. Additionally, there are numerous issues with occupational injury surveillance because workers and employers underreport injuries as described in the American Journal of Public Health (2002). One example of this is workers being fearful of reporting due to potential stigma or disciplinary action. Workers may also be reluctant to report because they can’t afford lost work time. In addition to these worker-based issues, employers may not understand how to correctly record injuries in OSHA logs or they may intentionally obscure injuries for their own benefit, such as lower workers’ compensation rates.
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    Emergency Department (ED)-treated Occupational Injuries -- More Than Just Standard Data Collection -- Recent Advancements.
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