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Injuries and illnesses from wood framing in residential construction, Washington State, 1993-1999.

Authors
Shah-SM; Bonauto-D; Silverstein-B; Foley-M; Kalat-J
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2003 Nov; 45(11):1171-1182
NIOSHTIC No.
20029243
Abstract
The construction industry is associated with high rates of work-related injury. We used workers compensation data to describe the injuries and illnesses, claim rates, and claim costs associated with wood framing activities in construction. From 1993 to 1999, there were 33,021 accepted state fund workers compensation claims with direct costs of over $197 million. The average annual claim rate was 45 per 100 full-time equivalent. Statistically significant downward trends were noted in claim rates for all injuries and illnesses, compensable time loss claims, eye and fall injuries. However, these trends were not statistically significantly different from those observed in all other construction risk classes combined. The information in this report can be used to guide prevention efforts and to evaluate the effectiveness of Washington state initiatives to reduce injury and illness rates in wood frame construction.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Workers; Worker-health; Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Eye-injuries; Risk-analysis; Injury-prevention; Occupational-diseases; Wood
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20031101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
shaq235@lni.wa.gov
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U01-OH-007292
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
WA
Performing Organization
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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