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When safety turns dangerous...

Andrea Thompson

Safety incentive programs may reduce workplace injury rates but they can also cause under-reporting.

Take Home Message: Safety incentives can have a negative influence on workplace reporting. Surveys and symptom reports are more accurate than recordable injury reports. Incentive programs that promote safe workplaces may discourage under-reporting and improve worker health. What the research involved: Researchers from the Occupational and Environmental Health Program and Department of Family and Community Medicine, Massachusetts, 1999, survey...

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