OSHA sends letters to 15,000 high-injury worksites

March 11, 2010

About 15,000 employers recently were sent letters from OSHA informing them their workplaces had a higher-than-average injury rate.

Based on results from a 2009 survey sent to 100,000 worksites collecting injury and illness data from the previous year, OSHA identified the organizations with the highest number of injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work, restricted work activities or job transfers -- known as the DART rate.

The employers who received letters had a DART rate of 4.5 per 100 full-time workers. According to OSHA, the national average is 2.0.

Included in the letter was a list of the most frequently cited OSHA standards for each employer's specific industry, along with offers of assistance to help reduce injuries.

OSHA sends out the letters annually.