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Mining Project: Economic Methods and Analyses Program

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Principal Investigator
  • Linda McWilliams, NIOSH OMSHR, 412-386-6116
Start Date1/1/2013
End Date12/31/2013
Objective

To develop an OMSHR economics program to determine the economic consequences of occupational fatal and non-fatal injury on workers, their families, and employers and to use that information to improve program planning, intervention evaluation, and policy analysis.

Research Summary

This project had three research aims, as follows:

  1. Develop a societal cost model tool for injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the mining industry that can be used by researchers throughout OMSHR and MSHA.
  2. Disseminate information on the societal burden of occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the mining industry.
  3. Develop tools for individual employers to determine the business value for implementing occupational safety and health interventions.

While it is apparent that occupational injuries have devastating economic effects on mine workers and their families, employers, and on social groups and communities, the nature of this impact has not been carefully studied. The primary purpose of this project was to identify the economic consequences of occupational injury.

This project resulted in draft economic tools to measure the burden of occupational injury and illness. These will be developed in other projects to measure the burden of fatal and non-fatal injuries and illnesses in the mining industry.


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