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Injured at work: what workers' compensation data reveal about work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs).
Silverstein B; Adams D; Kalat J
Olympia, WA: Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Sharp Program, 40-8a-2004, 2005 Jan; :1-16
The Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program examined workers' compensation data to demonstrate the impact of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) in Washington State workplaces. The data show that WMSDs continue to represent a significant proportion of workers' compensation costs: 1. WMSDs account for 27 percent of all accepted State Fund workers' compensation claims; 2. These claims are 35 percent of all compensable claims. 3. WMSDs account for 41 percent of the cost of State Fund workers' compensation claims (compensable and medical-only). The fact that WMSDs represent a significant proportion of workers' compensation costs suggests that they should be a high priority for injury prevention.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-rates; Accident-prevention; Accident-statistics; Accidents; Traumatic-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Back-injuries; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Repetitive-work; Construction-industry; Construction; Construction-workers; Health-care; Health-care-personnel; Health-care-facilities; Transportation-industry; Transportation-workers; Retail-workers
SHARP Program, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, PO Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504-4330
Injured at work. What workers'compensation data reveal about work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs)
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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