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927ZBEX - Costs of Injuries/Illnesses in Wholesale and Retail Trade

Start Date: 10/1/2007
End Date: 9/30/2011

Principal Investigator (PI)

Name: Anasua Bhattacharya
Phone: (513) 533-8331
Organization: NIOSH
Division: EID

Primary Goal Addressed

1.3

Secondary Goal Addressed

1.0

Attributed to Economics

100%

Project Description

Problems/Needs

The primary objective of this project is to estimate the direct and indirect costs of injuries and illnesses related to the NORA Wholesale and Retail Trade (WRT) sector and its sub-sectors. Workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities are one of the largest problems faced by the employees and employers. A portion of the cost related to these problems are shared by the employers, however in some cases all most of the costs are shifted to the injured and their family members. The project has obtained injury, fatality and Workers’ Compensation data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Council on Compensation Insurance and Washington Group International to estimate the direct and indirect costs related to workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities in WRT. The procedures exercised in this project are based on Leigh et al.’s Costs of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (2003). Modifications will be made to incorporate more current literature on epidemiological studies and costs of injuries and illnesses.

Purpose/Hypothesis

The project hypothesizes that the direct and indirect costs related to injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the Wholesale and Retail Trade sector are very high and will estimate these costs in the two different sub-sectors.

Outputs/Outcomes

The intermediate outcomes obtained to date indicate that the direct and indirect costs related to workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the Wholesale and Retail Trade sub-sectors are quite high.

 
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