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
Date Published2017 May

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.

Alternate JournalAm. J. Ind. Med.
PubMed ID28262964