Individual, Work and Organizational Factors
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen
Chapter 2: Accident under-reporting in the workplace
A large and growing body of research suggests national surveillance statistics on workplace injuries and illnesses may suffer from significant under-reporting by employees and organizations. This chapter presents evidence of major discrepancies between accidents experienced by employees, what gets reported to organizations, and ultimately what organizations report to the regulatory authorities. Moreover, we review individual-, workgroup- and organizational-level predictors of under-reporting. Finally, we discuss the need for more comprehensive multilevel research examining the interplay among these predictors, as well as research on practical interventions that organizations can utilize to improve the accuracy of accident reporting.
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