Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker Injuries with No Detectable Job Loss

  title={Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker Injuries with No Detectable Job Loss},
  author={David I. Levine and Michael W. Toffel and Matthew S. Johnson},
  pages={907 - 911}
Bring In the Inspectors In order to assess the impact of occupational and health practices in the state of California, Levine et al. (p. 907) compared more than 400 uninspected firms with a matched set of inspected firms that were chosen at random. Employees at the inspected firms were less frequently injured and, consequently, the inspected firms suffered fewer injury-related costs. Encouragingly, there were no significant differences in other economic outcomes, such as sales and employment… 
OSHA does not kill jobs; it helps prevent jobs from killing workers.
  • D. Michaels
  • Economics
    American journal of industrial medicine
  • 2012
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