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Wed April 2, 2014
Audit: Mine Injury Underreporting Data Lacking
An audit says the Mine Safety and Health Administration needs to improve its data on underreporting of mining injuries and illnesses so that it can better target enforcement efforts.
The audit by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General says the agency has taken steps to detect and deter underreporting of accidents and illnesses. But more can be done to address the problem.
The audit recommends that the agency derive better estimates of the overall occurrence, magnitude and distribution of underreporting. It also recommends providing guidance to mine operators on programs that could discourage miners from reporting injuries and illnesses.
In its response, the mine safety agency said it would consider sponsoring or participating in additional underreporting studies. It also is developing guidance for mine operators.