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Workers' compensation costs among construction workers: a robust regression analysis.

Authors
Friedman-LS; Forst-LS
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2009 Nov; 51(11):1306-1313
NIOSHTIC No.
20037178
Abstract
Background: Workers' compensation data are an important source for evaluating costs associated with construction injuries. Methods: We describe the characteristics of injured construction workers filing claims in Illinois between 2000 and 2005 and the factors associated with compensation costs using a robust regression model. Results: In the final multivariable model, the cumulative percent temporary and permanent disability-measures of severity of injury-explained 38.7% of the variance of cost. Attorney costs explained only 0.3% of the variance of the dependent variable. Discussion: The model used in this study clearly indicated that percent disability was the most important determinant of cost, although the method and uniformity of percent impairment allocation could be better elucidated. There is a need to integrate analytical methods that are suitable for skewed data when analyzing claim costs.
Keywords
Statistical-analysis; Analytical-processes; Injuries; Accident-rates; Accident-statistics; Construction-industry; Workers
Contact
Lee Friedman, PhD, The Social Policy Research Institute, 4001 Emerson Street, Skokie, Chicago, IL 60612-7260
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20091101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
lfriedman@tspri.org
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008672
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
IL; OH
Performing Organization
University of Illinois at Chicago
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