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Safety Is Most Important Labor Concern

Results of a new study released ahead of Labor Day reveal that workplace safety is the most important concern of workers. Many workers report job-related stress, a contributing factor to injuries. The study by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago study found that reports of workplace injuries remain high, but public and media emphasis on safety typically occurs only after disastrous workplace accidents. Even then, the fate of workers is often overlooked. Tom W. Smith, director of NORC's General Social Survey (GSS), says that it's "striking" that most media coverage of the oil spill in the Gulf "virtually ignored the 11 workers killed." He notes that if workplace safety had been maintained, the environmental disaster would have likely been avoided.

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