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Document ID (ISN)78417
CIS number 02-966
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lewis R.J., Krawiec M., Confer E., Agopsowicz D., Crandall E.
Title Musculoskeletal disorder worker compensation costs and injuries before and after an office ergonomics program
Bibliographic information Feb. 2002, Vol.29, No.2, p.95-99. Illus. 7 ref.
Abstract To study the effectiveness of an office ergonomics training programme for video display terminal (VDT) users, workers' compensation costs and injury rates for VDT-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) were examined before and after implementation of training at two company locations. A greater number of claims were filed in the post-intervention (n=18) versus the pre-intervention period (n=12), but the average cost per claim was considerably reduced (USD 1553 and USD 15,141 respectively). This reduced cost per claim is consistent with the programme's emphasis on seeking early treatment for MSD-related symptoms. The average injury rate also was reduced in the post-intervention versus pre-intervention period (6.94 versus 16.8 per 1000 employees respectively). These results suggest that office ergonomic interventions may be effective in reducing the MSD-related workers' compensation costs and injury rates.
Descriptors (primary) visual display terminals; office work; ergonomics; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) compensation of occupational diseases; sickness absenteeism; frequency rates; cost of diseases; programme evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Office work
Visual display terminals (VDTs)