Workplace Safety in the Federal Government

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Workplace Safety in the Federal Government

Citizens Against Government Waste, whose webpage you should regularly visit, says that federal workers are at greater risk from occupational injury or illness than in private industry. According to the watchdog group, $2 billion a year of our money is wasted because of workplace injuries and deaths at federal jobs. Related costs drive the figure to $10 billion.

The postal service accounts for 28 percent of the federal government workers covered by the government's federal employment compensation act, but represents 33 percent - that's $666 million - of the $2 billion spent on victim compensation. The occupational injury rate at the government printing office is four times higher than the commercial printing trade services in both 1999 and 2000.

The federal government should study private industry and use its workplace safety procedures in order to save the taxpayers money. If they did, maybe they wouldn't need to keep taking so much of it. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.