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Companies failing to improve work injury reporting

Maryland sustainable organizations that have not made collecting data about workplace injuries and illnesses a priority are part of a larger trend. The Center for Safety and Health Sustainability has reported that large and influential sustainable companies have failed to achieve common safety standards.

The CSHS looked at the Corporate Knights' Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations. This list represents large companies across many industries that have institutional influence. The CSHS looked at public safety data from these companies between June and December 2016 and compared it to a previous study in 2013. The three-year span produced scant evidence of improvementt among these companies as well as a lack of consistency in data collection methodology and the terms and definitions used to describe health and safety among workers.

Safety advocates had wanted to see improvement in the tracking of workplace safety issues and the use of independent third-party auditing. Recommendations for improvement also addressed supply chains at companies. Health and safety should be tracked throughout the system to fully account for the hazards experienced by workers. For example, one company reported zero worker deaths, but 27 people had died throughout its supply chain.

A person who has been injured in a workplace accident, regardless of the cause might benefit from legal advice. If an employer discourages the filing of a claim for workers' compensation benefits, an attorney could describe the rights that eligible employees have. If the accident was caused by the negligence of a non-employer third party, in some cases a separate lawsuit could be filed.

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