Significant decreasing trend in low back injuries in a beverage company

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

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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
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2018


  • Low back injury
  • Occupational injury
  • Workers' compensation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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