Evaluation of the burden of logging injuries using West Virginia workers' compensation claims data from 1996 to 2001.
Mujuru-P; Singla-L; Helmkamp-J; Bell-J; Hu-W
Am J Ind Med 2006 Dec; 49(12):1039-1045
Background: The risks associated with logging are well documented, however little work has been done on estimating the economic impact of injuries among loggers. Methods: West Virginia Workers' Compensation claims data for the period 1996-2001 was used to assess the economic burden of logging injuries in the state. Results: There were 1,371 claimants during this period with the highest number of claims (39%) in the 25-34 years age category. The total cost of injuries was over $14 million. The most severe injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), thoracic, cervical, and lumbar, resulted in the highest medical costs, indemnity costs and permanent disability. The average medical cost for logging-related to TBI was $198,048 compared to $15,321 for other major industries. Conclusions: The magnitude of the economic costs underscores the need for active research of injury prevention among loggers and for greater attention to occupational safety and health programs.
Logging-workers; Occupational-accidents; Wood-products; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Brain-damage; Information-retrieval-systems; Medical-care; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Traumatic-injuries; Disabled-workers; Surveillance
Priscah Mujuru, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506-9190
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia