The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling released its findings last week and one portion is getting a large amount of attention:
"The United States has the highest reported rate of fatalities in offshore oil and gas drilling among its international peers, but it has the lowest reporting of injuries. This striking contrast suggests a significant underreporting of injuries in the US and highlights the need for better data collection to ensure needed attention to worker safety."
While every fatality is a tragedy, the Commission is incorrect here in their use of statistics, as our Fact Sheet explains:
"Historically, the U.S. government has attempted to estimate Occupational Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities using survey sampling and estimation me... more »