|Document ID (ISN)||102514|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Walton S.M., Conrad K.M., Furner S.E., Samo D.G.
||Cause, type and workers' compensation costs of injury to firefighters
||Apr. 2003, Vol.43, No.4, p.454-458. 13 ref.
||Work-related injury rates in firefighting exceed those for most other industries. However, little is known about the cost of injury to firefighters. In this study, 1,343 claims collected from workers' compensation records collected in northeastern Illinois (United States) between 1992-1999 were analysed in detail. Regression analysis enabled summary statistics to be presented by cause, nature and cost of injury to firefighters. Overexertion accounted for over one third of all injuries to firefighters, typically involving injuries to the back, and was associated with significantly higher costs than other types of injuries. The per-claim average workers' compensation cost of injury to firefighters was USD 5,168 and the average for injuries caused by overexertion was USD 9,715. Overexertion is a costly source of injury to firefighters, although it can probably be reduced through policy intervention.
||fire fighting; occupational diseases; risk factors; strain injuries; economic aspects; musculoskeletal diseases
||compensation of occupational diseases; USA; statistical evaluation; backache; health service records; physical workload
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Industries and occupations
||Diseases of the musculoskeletal system