OSHA News Release - (Archived) Table of Contents|
OSHA IDENTIFIES 13,000 WORKPLACES WITH
HIGHEST INJURY AND ILLNESS RATES
WASHINGTON -- Approximately 13,000 employers have been notified that injury and illness rates at their worksites are higher than average and that assistance is available to help them fix safety and health hazards, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced today.
Establishments with the nation's highest lost workday injury and illness rates were identified by OSHA through employer-reported data from a 2001 survey of 80,000 worksites (the survey consisted of data from calendar year 2000). The workplaces identified had eight or more injuries or illnesses resulting in lost work days or restricted activity for every 100 full-time workers; the national average is three instances for the same number of workers.
"This identification process is a proactive tool to raise awareness that injuries and illnesses are high at these facilities," OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw said. "Injuries and illnesses are costly to employers in both personal and financial terms. Our goal is to identify workplaces where injury and illness rates are high, and to offer assistance to businesses so that they address the hazards and reduce occupational injuries and illnesses."
Henshaw sent letters to all employers identified in the survey, and provided copies of their injury and illness data, along with a list of the most frequently violated OSHA standard for their specific industry. While he expressed concern about the high rates, Henshaw also offered the agency's assistance in helping turn the numbers around. Assistance could come from OSHA's on-site consultation program designed to address safety and health issues, the state's workers' compensation agencies, insurance carriers, safety and health consultants, or other internal or external resources which can focus on hazard identification and control.
The 13,000 sites are listed alphabetically, by state, on OSHA's web site at:
http://www.osha.gov/as/opa/foia/hot_8.html The list does not designate those earmarked for any future inspections. An announcement of targeted inspections will be made later this year. Also, the 13,000 sites are establishments in states covered by federal OSHA. The list does not include employers in the 24 states and two territories that operate their own federally-approved state OSHA programs.
(NOTE: A list of the industry groups included in the OSHA 2001 Data Initiative follows this release.)
# # #
The Standard Industrial Classification codes
for the 80,000 establishments covered in the OSHA 2001 survey
|OSHA News Release - (Archived) Table of Contents|
The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.