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More reason to encourage safety: OSHA airing your dirty laundry

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Web site now includes a list of 13,000 companies with the highest injury and illness rates. The goal: Shame companies into improving their safety records.

Companies on the list have eight or more injuries and illnesses resulting in lost workdays per 100 full-time workers per year. That's more than double the national average of 3.1 in 1998, the most recent year for which OSHA has statistics.

OSHA sent letters to all 13,000 companies urging them to improve safety and consider using the agency's free on-site consultation program. The program, which is run through state safety agencies, promises no fines if problems are found.

The good news: Landing on the list doesn't earn you an automatic inspection. That's reserved for 2,400 "high hazard" workplaces with injury rates exceeding 14 per 100 workers.

Download the list at www.osha-slc.gov/html/hot_5.html.

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