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Study finds few safety reporting improvements

Each year, many West Virginians are seriously injured while they are working on the job. When this happens, they and their families endure serious financial repercussions. The companies at which the workers are employed also suffer financial losses as a result. Despite this, a study shows that few improvements have been made by sustainable corporations in their safety and health reporting and compliance.

The Center for Health and Safety Sustainability conducted a study of the reporting of workplace injuries by sustainable corporations. Researchers reviewed reporting data from June through December 2016 and found several troubling problems.

The researchers report that the companies have made few improvements since 2013 when the last study was conducted. They found that there is a broad variability in the reporting methods, terms, definitions and safety adherence across sustainable organizations and believe that the methods should be standardized. The agency recommends that businesses submit to independent audits that are conducted by third parties and monitor the compliance with OSHA standards at all of their locations. They also recommend that tracking programs should incorporate all steps of the supply chain. In one case, a company that stated that it had no fatalities had 27 occur along its supply chain during the reporting period.

When people are injured on the job, they may be left with disabilities and substantial medical bills. Workers' compensation may pay for their medical costs. If the workers are totally or partially disabled on a temporary or permanent basis, workers' compensation may also pay them monthly benefits that replace a percentage of their former salaries. An attorney can often help to ensure that the claim documentation is complete and filed within the required time period.

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