TitleAnalysis of workers' compensation disabling claims in Oregon's seafood preparation and packaging industry, 2007-2013.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsSyron, LN, Kincl, L, Yang, L, Cain, DT, Smit, E
JournalAm J Ind Med
Volume60
Issue5
Pagination484-493
Date Published2017 May
ISSN1097-0274
Abstract
 

BACKGROUND: Few occupational health and safety studies have focused on the US seafood preparation and packaging industry, and none on Oregon's seafood industry.

METHODS: Oregon workers' compensation (WC) disabling claims data were analyzed. Oregon Employment Department and US Census Bureau data were used as denominators for rates.

RESULTS: During 2007-2013, there were 188 accepted disabling claims, with an average annual rate of 24 claims per 1000 workers. Men experienced a significantly higher rate (27.6 per 1000) than women. The most frequent incident characteristics and circumstances were: by nature-traumatic injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints (42%); by body part-upper extremities (44%); and by event-overexertion and bodily reaction (48%), and contact with objects and equipment (31%).

CONCLUSION: Analyzing WC disabling claims data provides important preliminary information for understanding workplace hazards to develop control strategies. Reducing traumatic and cumulative injury risk among seafood workers is paramount.

DOI10.1002/ajim.22706
Alternate JournalAm. J. Ind. Med.
PubMed ID28262964