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The Effect of OSHA Records-Check Inspections on Reported Occupational Injuries in Manufacturing Establishments

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  • Ruser, John W
  • Smith, Robert S

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In late 1981 Federal workplace safety officers, and those of several states, began on-site checks of plants' injury records to determine which establishments to inspect. Critics claim incentives for underreporting were thus created, and that published injury rates could be biased downward. Because the records-check procedure is not applied in all states or industries, this research (using four different statistical models) compares pre- to post-1981 changes in reported injury rates across states and industries. Data on 3059 uninspected plants suggests a 5-14 percent decline (cet. par.) in reported rates among plants potentially subject to the records-check procedure. Copyright 1988 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Ruser, John W & Smith, Robert S, 1988. "The Effect of OSHA Records-Check Inspections on Reported Occupational Injuries in Manufacturing Establishments," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 1(4), pages 415-435, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jrisku:v:1:y:1988:i:4:p:415-35
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    Cited by:

    1. W. Kip Viscusi & Christopher DeMuth & James Burnley, 1994. "Health and Safety Regulation," NBER Chapters,in: American Economic Policy in the 1980s, pages 453-518 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Christine Jolls, 2007. "Employment Law and the Labor Market," NBER Working Papers 13230, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    3. Wayne B. Gray & John Mendeloff, 2002. "The Declining Effects of OSHA Inspections on Manufacturing Injuries: 1979 to 1998," NBER Working Papers 9119, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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