Since the 1970 enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, workplace injuries are sharply down, but compliance remains spotty and easily preventable deaths continue, according to a report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute.

The report, written by Michael Silverstein, M.D., assistant director for Industrial Safety and Health in the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, is part of a compilation of 13 workers' comp reports, titled "Workers' Compensation: Where Have We Come From? Where Are We Going?"

He stated in his report that since passage of OSHA in 1970, the rate of overall workplace injuries and illnesses has declined from 11 per 100 full-time equivalent workers in 1972 to just over 4 per 100 workers in 2006, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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