Significant Decreasing Trend in Back Injuries in a Multiemployer Environment: A Follow-Up Study

Nina Leung, Larry Yuspeh, Nimisha Kalia, Robert Lavin, Nicholas Tsourmas, Edward Bernacki, Xu Guang Tao

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: A significant decrease in back injury claims was observed in a single employer. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to validate whether back injury claims are decreasing in a multiemployer environment within a non-monopolistic state and quantify the risk of delayed return-to-work and adverse cost of injured workers with back injuries. METHODS: Thirty-six thousand four hundred sixty-three claims from 1998 to 2015 were analyzed with descriptive statistics and multivariate logistic and Cox-Proportional Hazards models. RESULTS: Back injury claims decreased three-fold (5.02 to 1.60 per 1000 employees) and were more likely to have claim costs over $100,000 (odds ratio = 2.41) and delayed return-to-work (hazard ratio = 1.16). CONCLUSION: Back injury claims are decreasing in a multiemployer environment within a non-monopolistic state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e200-e205
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume61
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2019

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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