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Occupational Diseases in the United States: Workers' Compensation and OSHA, Our Failed Systems in Need of Overhaul



This article examines the scope and magnitude of occupational illnesses in the United States and addresses problems within the workers' compensation and occupational health and safety systems that particularly impact ill workers. The article explores the broader problems within these systems and offers recommendations for policy reform. 

Source: Author Patrice Woeppel, Ed.D. contributed this article for use in the Workers' Comp Hub Resource Library.

About the Author: Patrice Woeppel, Ed.D. has had a long career in hospital, healthcare, and mental health administration, as well as serving on many state and community boards, and as a hospital board officer. Dr. Woeppel has been involved in many civil rights and human rights issues over the years. Woeppel is also a member of UAW, Local 1981, National Writers Union, and is the author of Depraved Indifference: the Workers' Compensation System.

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