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Costs differences across demographic groups and types of occupational injuries and illnesses.
Leigh JP; Waehrer G; Miller RT; McCurdy AS
Am J Ind Med 2006 Oct; 49(10):845-853
Background: Little is known about cost differences for demographic groups or across occupational injuries and illnesses. Methods: In this incidence study of nationwide data for 1993, an analysis was conducted on fatal and non-fatal injury and illness data recorded in government data sets. Costs data were from workers' compensation records, estimates of lost wages, and jury awards. Results:The youngest (age 17) and oldest (age 65) workers had exceptionally high fatality costs. Whereas men's costs for non-fatal incidents were nearly double those for women, men's costs for fatal injuries were 10 times the costs for women. The highest ranking occupation for combined fatal and non-fatal costs - farming, forestry, and fishing - had costs-per-worker ($5,163) over 18 times the lowest ranking occupation - executives and managers ($279). The occupation of handlers, cleaners, and laborers, ranked highest for non-fatal costs. Gunshot wounds generated especially high fatal costs. Compared to whites, African-Americans had a lower percentage of costs due to carpal tunnel syndrome, circulatory, and digestive diseases. Conclusions: Costs comparisons can be drawn across age, race, gender, and occupational groups as well as categories of injuries and illnesses.
Occupational-accidents; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Injuries; Demographic-characteristics; Traumatic-injuries; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Agricultural-industry; Forestry; Fishing-industry; Transportation-industry; Construction-industry; Machine-operators; Automobile-repair-shops
J. Paul Leigh, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, 2103 Stockton Blvd., Suite 2224, UC Davis, Medical Center, Sacramento, CA 95817
Grant; Cooperative Agreement; Agriculture
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003750; Grant-Number-R01-OH-008248; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-007550
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Calverton, Maryland
Page last reviewed: December 11, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division