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Slip, trip, and fall injuries among nursing care facility workers

Auteur     Jennifer L Bell
Auteur     James W Collins
Auteur     Hope M Tiesman
Auteur     Marilyn Ridenour
Auteur     Srinivas Konda
Auteur     Laurie Wolf
Auteur     Bradley Evanoff
Résumé     The objective of this research was to describe the slip, trip, and fall injury experience and trends in a population of nursing home workers, identify risk factors for slip, trip, and fall injuries, and develop prevention strategies for slip, trip, and fall hazards. Workers’ compensation injury claims data and payroll data from 1996 through 2003 were obtained from six nursing homes and used to calculate injury incidence rates. Narrative information was used to describe details of slip, trip, and fall events. A total of 86 slip, trip, and fall-related workers’ compensation claims were filed during the 8-year period. Slip, trip, and fall claim rates showed a nonsignificant increase during the 8-year period. Most slips, trips, and falls were attributed to hazards that can be mitigated (e.g., water on the floor or loose cords in a walkway). Nursing home workers experience more slip, trip, and fall-related injury claims than workers in other industries. Preventive programs should be implemented and evaluated in this industry. [Workplace Health Saf 2013;61(4):147-152.].
Publication     Workplace health & safety
Volume     61
Numéro     4
Pages     147-152
Date     Apr 2013

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