Many company doctors face pressure to conceal workplace injuries - even if it means providing inadequate medical treatment, according to a new study by Congress' watchdog agency.
The report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office - spurred by the Observer's stories on hidden injuries in the poultry industry - concludes that safety regulators haven't done enough to ensure the accuracy of worksite injury numbers.
Federal OSHA, which oversees safety in about half the states, said it would follow all of the GAO's recommendations. It's unclear whether the remaining states, including the Carolinas, will adopt them.
"Many of the problems identified in the report are quite alarming, and OSHA will be taking strong enforcement action where we find underreporting," U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Monday.
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