Ergo-related cases plummet
This a controversial trend disputed by labor and business groups. Unions say numbers are dropping because cases are not being reported and injured workers are brought back to the job for restricted duties. Management groups contend fewer cases reflect more ergo programs being implemented in industry and workplaces becoming generally safer.
Declining ergo-related injuries have been used by the Bush administration to buttress its position that a national ergo standard is not necessary - that industry is taking care of the problems on it own.