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Labor Dept. singles out workplaces with increased danger risk

Posted On Fri, March 12, 2010

The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has sent out letters to more than 15,000 workplaces across the country that have been found to be more dangerous than the national average.

The workplaces with a higher risk of sustaining an injury or illness were determined by a DART rate that was compiled by the OSHA after surveying more than 100,000 worksites in 2009 based on their injury and illness data from 2008. The eventual recipients of the letters were found to have a DART rating that was more than twice the national average.

"Receipt of this letter means that workers in that particular establishment are being injured at a higher rate than in most other businesses of its kind in the country," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "Employers whose businesses have injury and illness rates this high need to take immediate steps to protect their workers."

Employers who received the letters were also given copies of their injury/illness data as well as the OHSA standards for their industry and suggestions to reduce risks at the workplace.

While employees at workplaces that carry an increased risk of injury or illness are usually aware of the risks that come with their profession, that does not mean that they should not take the proper precautions and take out any additional health insurance policies to ensure they are covered in the event of any accident.

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