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August 2008, Vol. 131, No. 8

Examining evidence on whether BLS undercounts workplace injuries and illnesses

John W. Ruser
Assistant Commissioner for Safety, Health, and Working Conditions in the Office of Compensation and Working Conditions, Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
E-mail: ruser.john@bls.gov

The BLS Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses offers many advantages over other data systems, and BLS has been working on improvements to increase its accuracy and scope; nevertheless,  there is a debate about whether the survey undercounts injuries and illnesses to any significant extent.

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