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|Title||Analysis of workers' compensation disabling claims in Oregon's seafood preparation and packaging industry, 2007-2013.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Syron, LN, Kincl, L, Yang, L, Cain, DT, Smit, E|
|Journal||Am J Ind Med|
|Date Published||2017 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 Journal||Am. J. Ind. Med.|