Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

Search Results

Patterns and predictors of employer risk-reduction activities (ERRAs) in response to a work-related upper extremity cumulative trauma disorder (UECTD): reports from workers' compensation claimants.

Authors
Keogh-JP; Gucer-P; Gordon-J; Nuwayhid-I
Source
Am J Ind Med 2000 Nov; 38(5):489-497
NIOSHTIC No.
20024670
Abstract
Despite being preventable, work-related upper extremity cumulative trauma disorders (UECTDs) remain problematic. This study is unique in its focus on predictors of employer risk-reduction activities (ERRAs) in response to a UECTD case. Workers' compensation claimants (N = 537) completed a telephone survey about employer risk-reduction activities, workplace characteristics, safety programs, and physician recommendations for job modifications. Only 52% of respondents reported employer actions to investigate or reduce UECTD risk. Engineering and pace changes were prominent for keyboard workers and transfer to another job for manufacturing workers. Safety programs and physician recommendations increased the likelihood of risk-reduction activities. An opportunity to intervene post-injury to reduce risks for the injured worker and prevent new UECTD cases is being missed. Physician recommendations are strongly associated with specific ERRAs thought to be most effective. Educating employers and physicians about ergonomics could result in prevention of UECTDs.
Keywords
Traumatic-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system; Arm-injuries; Neck-injuries; Medical-care; Medical-treatment; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Cumulative-trauma; Injuries; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Occupational-diseases; Author Keywords: carpal tunnel syndrome; risk-reduction; occupational disease; follow-up studies; workers' compensation; rehabilitation; prevention; physician recommendations; safety committees
Contact
Patricia W. Gucer, Occupational Health Project, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 405 West Redwood Street, 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20001101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
pgucer@medicine.umaryland.edu
Funding Amount
221351
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-CCR-312140
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremities
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MD
Performing Organization
School of Medicine, University of Maryland Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
TOP