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Age in relation to worker compensation costs in the construction industry.

Authors
Schwatka-NV; Butler-LM; Rosecrance-J
Source
Am J Ind Med 2013 Mar; 56(3):356-366
NIOSHTIC No.
20042994
Abstract
Background: A better understanding of how workers' compensation (WC) costs are affected by an aging US workforce is needed, especially for physically demanding industries, such as construction. Methods: The relationship between age and injury type on claim costs was evaluated using a database of 107,064 Colorado WC claims filed between 1998 and 2008 among construction workers. Results: Mean WC costs increased with increasing age for total cost (P < 0.0001), medical costs (P < 0.0001), and indemnity costs (P < 0.0001). For each one-year increase in age, indemnity, and medical costs increased by 3.5% and 1.1%, respectively. For specific injury types, such as strains and contusions, the association between age and indemnity costs was higher among claimants aged > / = 65 compared to claimants aged 18-24. Conclusions: Our findings suggest that specific injury types may be partially responsible for the higher indemnity costs among older construction workers, compared with their younger coworkers.
Keywords
Worker-health; Injuries; Health-care; Health-services; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Age-factors; Age-groups; Occupational-health-services; Information-systems; Surveillance-programs; Medical-treatment; Author Keywords: aging workforce; construction industry; workers' compensation; older workers; occupational injury
Contact
Natalie V. Schwatka, MS, AEP, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University, 1681Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80521
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20130301
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
nvschwatka@gmail.com
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Grant; Construction
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-009762; Grant-Number-T42-OH-009229; B20130805; M082013
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
CO; MD
Performing Organization
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland
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