Prioritizing occupational injury prevention in the construction industry: injury severity or absence?

Tidsskriftartikel - 2007

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Problem: National occupational injury prevention goals often prioritize the reduction of serious injuries. This study analyzed whether this prioritization is credible in respect to lost-time injuries and short and long term work absence, and the implications this has for injury severity-based versus injury absence-based prevention approaches. Method: The data consisted of national and work-site specific injury and absence data from construction workers in Denmark, including workers from the Copenhagen Metro construction sites, during the period 2000-2001. Results: and impact on industry and government Absence length was significantly dependent on the type of injury. Sprains and strains were most prevalent and accounted for approximately one third of injuries and absence. Fractures accounted for one sixth of injuries and the greatest proportion of long-term absence. The results give credibility to the need for targeting sprains and strains in injury and absence prevention initiatives.

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Kines PA, Spangenberg S, Dyreborg J. Prioritizing occupational injury prevention in the construction industry: injury severity or absence?. Journal of Safety Research 2007;38(1):53-58.
doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2006.09.002

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