As the American workplace becomes safer, more workers are reporting disability.
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is being seriously abused, if new findings are to be believed. The percentage of individuals claiming SSDI benefits has skyrocketed since the programs establishment, from approximately 0.1% of the workforce in 1952 to over 4.5% percent in 2009. With expenditures on disability also climbing, the old-age component of Social Security is under financial threat, with disability's share of the pie nearly doubling (10% of expenditure in the 80s, 18% in 2008). All this while occupational injuries and fatalities continue on to drop according to historical trends, according to BLS.