In 1955, legislation in a certain country gave the government increased control over industrial workplace safety cond...

Ava on January 13 at 09:21PM

Answer choice D

I'm having trouble with how the term “high-risk” figures in the argument. After getting the question wrong, I was able to determine the cause and effect argument. Cause= legislation in high risk industries and Effect= increased worker safety. However, even after identifying the cause and effect argument, I am having trouble eliminating answer choice D. Wouldn't a statement about non high risk industries also provide an alternate cause for the effect of increased worker safety? If someone could explain why answer choice D is wrong that would be very helpful. Thank you.

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Ravi on January 15 at 11:32PM

@shafieiava,

Let's take a look at (D).

(D) says, "The number of work-related injuries occurring within
industries not considered high-risk has increased annually since
1955."

We're trying to weaken the argument. The problem with (D) is that we
don't care about the industries that aren't considered high-risk. The
author is extremely careful to limit the scope of his conclusion to
pertain only to high-risk industries, so this is why we can get rid of
(D).

Does this make sense? Let us know if you have any other questions!