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Employer costs of alcohol-involved injuries.

Authors
Zaloshnja-E; Miller-TR; Hendrie-D; Galvin-D
Source
Am J Ind Med 2007 Feb; 50(2):136-142
NIOSHTIC No.
20031761
Abstract
BACKGROUND: This study estimates the annual cost of alcohol-related injuries to employers in 1998-2000. METHODS: Incidence was estimated with occupational injury data, motor vehicle crash data and health care data for 1998-2000. Employer costs were estimated from federal estimates of injury costs by source of payment using data on the percentage of varied payment streams (e.g., health insurance, sick leave) paid by employers. RESULTS: The annual employer cost of alcohol-related injuries to employees and their dependents exceed US dollars 28.6 billion. Out of this, US dollars 13.2 billion comes from job-related, alcohol-involved injuries. The annual employer cost of motor vehicle crashes in which at least one driver was alcohol-impaired is over US dollars 9.2 billion. Out of this, only US dollars 3.4 billion comes from job-related alcohol involvement. CONCLUSION: Safety programs can reduce the fringe benefit bill without reducing the benefits offered to employees.
Keywords
Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Accidents; Accident-rates; Accident-analysis; Occupational-accidents; Alcoholic-beverages; Substance-abuse; Safety-practices; Safety-programs
Contact
Eduard Zaloshnja, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, 11710 Beltsville Drive, Suite 125, Calverton, MD 20705
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20070201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
zaloshnja@pire.org
Funding Amount
635778
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003750
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MD
Performing Organization
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Calverton, Maryland
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