Use of workers’ compensation claims data for surveillance of cumulative trauma disorders

Shiro Tanaka, Paul Seligman, William Halperin, Michael Thun, Clifton L. Timbrook, James J. Wasil

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Workers’ compensation claims in Ohio were evaluated as a source of surveillance data for identifying workplaces at high risk of cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) and analyzed for their demographic and industrial characteristics. During a 5-year period (1980 to 1984), 6,849 workers’ compensation claims met the case criteria for CTDs. Tenosynovitis due to continuous motion was the most frequently reported condition (58%), and the wrist was the body part most frequently affected (48%). The highest case rate was observed for female workers in the 36 to 45 age group. Incidence rates for individ-ual companies were determined and those with the highest rates for CTDs were identified. The employer-specific rates for CTDs based on workers’ compensation claims data can be used as an effective surveillance tool in locating high-risk operations where ergonomic interventions can be implemented to reduce CTD hazards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-492
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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