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Document ID (ISN)106497
CIS number 07-348
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Welch L.S., Dong X., Carre F., Ringen K.
Title Is the apparent decrease in injury and illness rates in construction the result of changes in reporting?
Bibliographic information Jan.-Mar. 2007, Vol.13, No.1, p.39-45. Illus. 30 ref.
Internet access http://www.ijoeh.com/pfds/IJOEH_1301_Welch.pdf [in English]
Abstract Injury rates in all industries and in construction in particular have been declining. Inconsistencies in the information suggest some of the apparent decrease may be due to changes in the ways injuries are treated, misclassification of employees, or underreporting. Lost-time injury rates for the largest construction employers declined by as much as 92% between 1988 and 1999. Yet the rate for cases with restricted work activity actually increased from 0.7 to 1.2 per 100 full-time workers between 1990 and 2000, and fatalities among construction workers remain high. In Massachusetts, at least 14% of construction employers misclassified workers as independent contractors, with the effect that injuries to these workers are not recordable. Studies that compare OSHA logs with other data sources find that the OSHA logs do not include a significant proportion of injuries and illnesses identified elsewhere.
Descriptors (primary) USA; notification of accidents and diseases; construction industry
Descriptors (secondary) occupational diseases; injuries; statistical trends
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Construction industry and civil engineering
Notification of accidents and diseases