Work Related Injuries Not Being Reported
Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Have you been injured at work or suffered a work related illness? A new study shows that almost two-thirds of work related accidents and illnesses go unreported. The study also showed that the reason the work related injuries go unreported is not only from the employer not reporting the injuries to workers but also because the employee doesn't want to report the injury and collect workers' compensation benefits.
Here are some of the most common reasons workers decide not to report their work related injuries:
- They are convinced by their employer not to report the incident
- They are convinced by co-workers not to report the incident
- They want to receive a bonus, dinner or some type of other incentive for not having injuries in the work place for "x" amount of days or years and decide not to report the injury
- They do not want to be given a drug test which may happen as part of a procedural process after they report the injury that happened at work
Other reasons work related injuries go unreported are because the employer does not want to report the injuries. It could be for any of these reasons:
- The company does not want to lose out on a chance of winning contracts
- The company does not want to cost of their workers' compensation insurance to go up based on your injury
- The company does not want to have their work place listed as having an injury or illness that is work related.
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