November 24 – OPINION: Michael J. Hicks: Workplace safety issues a window to deeper concerns in Indiana | columnists

The Indianapolis Star recently published a detailed exposure of Indiana’s workplace inspection program. The authors detailed what appeared to be COVID-19-specific errors that caused Indiana to drop to last place nationwide in safety inspections. This report eclipses Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration’s overall excellent COVID response.

The decline in safety inspections has been accompanied by a spike in workplace deaths that began well before COVID. Between 2010 and 2020, worker deaths increased by 30%. As national workplace death rates declined, Indianas slipped to levels not seen in three or four decades.

Michael J. Hicks, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Economics at Ball State University’s Miller College of Business. Contact him at [email protected]