Measuring Workplace Risks across States

When assessing workplace safety in the United States, we have to consider what measures of risk to use. If all measures are strongly positively correlated, this may not matter. But they are not, so the choice of risk measure does matter: states where employers report the highest rates of non-fatal injuries have the lowest fatality rates; and those with the lowest non-fatal rates have high fatality rates. The figure below compares the fatality and DART (Days Away from work, Restricted work activity or Transfer to another job) [1] rates for 24 states for 1996-2014. The correlation was negative 0.37. For