New findings published in the journal Safety Science and derived from Institute for Work & Health (IWH) data show that workers who report being vulnerable to workplace hazards resulting from inadequate policies and programs also report much higher rates of injury. IWH, which is based in Canada, says that vulnerability in the study was assessed using a 27-item measure. The tool assesses workers as vulnerable when their responses indicate they are exposed to workplace hazards, as well as inadequate protection, in at least one of these three areas: OHS policies and procedures, awareness of health and safety-related rights and responsibilities, or empowerment to act to protect themselves and colleagues. IWH concluded that the most vulnerable workers were more likely (up to twice as likely) to report being injured at work than less vulnerable workers. Further, the most vulnerable workers were also much more likely (3.5 to 4.5 times more likely) to report being injured at work than the least vulnerable workers.
More details via IWH here.