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Document ID (ISN)102514
CIS number 03-1676
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Walton S.M., Conrad K.M., Furner S.E., Samo D.G.
Title Cause, type and workers' compensation costs of injury to firefighters
Bibliographic information Apr. 2003, Vol.43, No.4, p.454-458. 13 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; occupational diseases; risk factors; strain injuries; economic aspects; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) compensation of occupational diseases; USA; statistical evaluation; backache; health service records; physical workload
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Economic aspects