Non-fatal injuries in the West Virginia logging industry: using workers' compensation claims to assess risk from 1995 through 2001.
Am J Ind Med 2003 Nov; 44(5):502-509
The logging industry has a high rate of both fatal and non-fatal injuries in comparison to other industries, and plays a vital role in West Virginia's economy. Workers' compensation (WC) injury claims and employment data were summarized to examine patterns and rates of non-fatal logging injuries in West Virginia from 1995 through 2001. The average annual rate of injury claims was 16.0 per 100 workers per year with rates remaining relatively steady over the 7-year study period. The highest rates of injury were a result of being struck by an object, typically trees, snags, or logs. West Virginia loggers most often file injury claims as a result of being struck by trees and tree parts, snags, and logs. Assessment of risk is a critical component in helping regulators, researchers, and the logging industry develop viable prevention strategies to reduce the incidence and severity of logging-related injuries.
Occupational-accidents; Occupational-hazards; Logging-workers; Lumber-industry; Injuries; Forestry-workers; Accident-rates; Accident-statistics; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Injury-prevention; Region-3; Statistical-analysis;
Author Keywords: logging; occupational injury; non-fatal injury; workers' compensation
Jennifer L. Bell, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, Analysis and Field Evaluations Branch, 1095 Willowdale Road MS-1181, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888
Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
American Journal of Industrial Medicine