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Musculoskeletal injuries in an aging work force.

Authors
Sinkule-EJ; Nelson-RM; Nestor-DE
Source
39th ACEMB, September 13-16, 1986, Baltimore, Maryland. 1986 Sep; :364
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NIOSHTIC No.
00204582
Abstract
A study of the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in aging workers was conducted. Data on musculoskeletal system injuries occurring in 30 states in 1980 were obtained from the Supplementary Data System (SDS) of the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The data were analyzed to determine the percentage of cases reported to the SDS that resulted from musculoskeletal injury and the incidence rates as a function of age. The overall percentage of musculoskeletal injuries was 46.2% which represented an incidence rate of 1650 injuries/100,000. For workers 50 years of age and older, the incidence rate was 1338/100,000; for those younger than 50, the rate was 1823/100,000. The authors conclude that lower incidence rates for musculoskeletal injuries are skewed toward older workers. This could reflect the healthy worker effect. Efforts toward decreasing the number of musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace should be directed toward younger workers.
Keywords
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Age-factors; Occupational-accidents; Epidemiology; Accident-statistics; Traumatic-injuries
Publication Date
19860913
Document Type
Abstract
Fiscal Year
1986
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
DSR
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
Source Name
39th ACEMB, September 13-16, 1986, Baltimore, Maryland
State
WV; MD
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