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Costs of Occupational Traumatic and Cumulative Injuries.


PB92141399

Publication Date 1991
Personal Author Rossman, S. B.; Miller, T. R.; Douglass, J. B.
Page Count 340
Abstract Data was collected on the incidence of workplace injury and estimated average costs per case in 1989 dollars for medically related treatment, salary replacement payments to employees unable to work due to work related injuries, wage losses, lost household productivity, and administrative claims processing associated with occupational traumatic and occupational cumulative injuries as well as occupational diseases. Cost estimates were made for each of 656 body part/specific nature of injury combinations as well as for costs aggregated at the level of body region or by injury group. The estimated annual costs of medically related care, lost productivity, and administrative claims processing for Workers' Compensation lost workday injuries was 21.54 billion dollars. Occupational cumulative injuries had the highest total average per case cost at 14,726 dollars. Specific injuries that resulted in the highest average costs per case were ruptures, vision loss, dust disease, enucleation, and nonlimb dislocations/fractures. The authors emphasized that through additional similar research it may be possible to integrate cost estimation as part of regulatory economic analyses, program planning and evaluation of prevention strategies.
Keywords
  • Wounds and injuries
  • Injuries
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Costs analysis
  • Traumatic disorders
  • Working conditions
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Cost estimates
  • Workmens compensation
  • Safety measures
  • Wages
  • Administrative procedures
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Accident prevention
  • Economic analysis
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 94H - Industrial Safety Engineering
  • 44Q - Health Related Costs
Corporate Authors Urban Inst., Washington, DC.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 199210
Costs of Occupational Traumatic and Cumulative Injuries.
Costs of Occupational Traumatic and Cumulative Injuries.
PB92141399

  • Wounds and injuries
  • Injuries
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Costs analysis
  • Traumatic disorders
  • Working conditions
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Cost estimates
  • Workmens compensation
  • Safety measures
  • Wages
  • Administrative procedures
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Accident prevention
  • Economic analysis
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 94H - Industrial Safety Engineering
  • 44Q - Health Related Costs
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