The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the number of workplace injuries provided by employers is “grossly” underreported, according to the most recent data. The numbers reported as of 2015 were 3 million injuries, which the BLS says is way too low. Until new data presents itself, there is no way to know if it’s improving.
As to why, BLS says some employees opt not to go through the workers’ comp system, opting to go through the health care system where they can’t be turned away. Others fear intimidation or discipline if they report.
One big incentive for staffing firms and other employers to discourage employees from going through the workers’ comp system is to keep workers’ comp rates low. Fewer injuries means a lower X-Mod and lower premiums. BLS says it’s cracking down by sitting down with employers and going over their work injury data directly. This year it’s going to start interviewing employees directly.
Staffing firms should encourage employees to report all injuries and accurately report the data, as it is not uncommon for unscrupulous firms to engage in premium fraud. LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.