Significant Decreasing Trend in Low Back Injuries in a Beverage Company

Nimisha Kalia, Robert A. Lavin, Nina Leung, Larry Yuspeh, Edward J. Bernacki, Xu Guang Tao

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Work-related injuries in the U.S. have steadily declined over the past three decades.

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare trends of the most frequently injured body parts from a beverage company over an 8-year study period (2008 to 2015).

METHOD: Work-related injury claims with more than 3 days of missed work (N = 20,203) were classified into body part groups, including low back, knee, shoulder, and all other(s). Descriptive statistics and linear models were used to evaluate trends over time.

RESULTS: The total number of injuries decreased from 6.57 per 100 to 3.79 per 100 employees from 2008 to 2015. Proportion of low back injuries decreased from 22.0% to 15.4% (P < 0.001) over the study period. Proportionally, knee(s), shoulder(s), and all other injuries increased, but the changes did not reach statistical significance.

CONCLUSION: Low back injuries decreased at a faster rate than knee, shoulder, and all other injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e554-e558
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume60
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

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Back Injuries
Beverages
Wounds and Injuries
Knee
Human Body
Linear Models

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Significant Decreasing Trend in Low Back Injuries in a Beverage Company. / Kalia, Nimisha; Lavin, Robert A.; Leung, Nina; Yuspeh, Larry; Bernacki, Edward J.; Tao, Xu Guang.

In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 60, No. 10, 01.10.2018, p. e554-e558.

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