Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces
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Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces

Individual, Work and Organizational Factors

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces argues for greater reporting of workplace accidents and injuries. It also incorporates stress as a factor in rates of accidents and injuries, and suggests ways in which workplace safety cultures can be fostered and improved. This book will be an invaluable tool for students of management, especially those with an interest in small businesses.
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Chapter 2: Accident under-reporting in the workplace

Tahira M. Probst, Erica L. Bettac and Christopher T. Austin

Abstract

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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