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Direct costs and patterns of injuries among residential carpenters, 1995-2000.

Authors
Lipscomb-HJ; Dement-JM; Behlman-R
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2003 Aug; 45(8):875-880
NIOSHTIC No.
20029214
Abstract
Workers' compensation records for residential contractors were combined with hours worked provided by the union to examine injury rates and costs among union carpenters between 1995 and 2000. Brief text descriptions were reviewed to describe more costly injuries. Costs per hour worked decreased over 6 years, largely because of declines in rates and mean costs for falls from elevations. Higher costs were associated with injuries from falls, raising framed walls, setting steel I-beams, and pneumatic nail guns. Prevention priorities should include fall protection; methods to safely set steel beams, raise and brace framed walls; and steps to prevent injuries from pneumatic tools. Cost data provide an important measure that is useful in focusing prevention; combined with even limited descriptions of injuries target areas for intervention can be identified based on frequency or severity.
Keywords
Injuries; Construction; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-accidents; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20030801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
hester.lipscomb@duke.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003809
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
1076-2752
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
NC
Performing Organization
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
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