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Chronic Conditions Affect Return to Work with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (111 KB PDF)

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a burden to workers and their families. Chronic conditions such as obesity, arthritis, and diabetes increase risk for CTS. This study used administrative workers' compensation (WC) and unemployment insurance data to examine the effect of chronic conditions (comorbidities) on CTS claimants' ability to return to work and recover to their pre-injury level of earnings.

2019 Publication #:
75-35-2019

Author(s):
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
SHARP

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DOSH Compliance and Consultation Visits and Compensable Claims Rates in Washington State, 2016-2017 (1.02 MB PDF)

Since 2002 the Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) program of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has conducted annual analyses of the association between enforcement and consultation activities of the Washington State Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) and compensable claims rates. Most of these annual reports have shown that DOSH enforcement inspections at )018fixed-site' industry workplaces were associated with a decline in claims rates relative to those businesses that had no DOSH visits (Foley et al, 2012; SHARP Technical Reports 2007, 2013, 2015, 2018). But due to the greater volatility of claims rates at )018non-fixed-site' businesses and the small numbers of consultation visits satisfying our study selection criteria, several annual analyses did not find statistically significant changes among ,018non-fixed-site' businesses receiving enforcement visits or at business receiving only consultation visit(s) during the same evaluation periods.

2019 Publication #:
70-9-2019

Author(s):
SHARP
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

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In-Home Care Services: An Examination of the Washington State Workers' Compensation Claims Data, 2012-2016 (1.35 MB)

In 2011, the National Research Council (NRC) examined home care issues from a human systems viewpoint and made recommendations for improvements when care is provided in the home environment. This council recommended improvement in four areas: 1) health care technologies, 2) care givers and care recipients, 3) the residential environment for health care and 4) research and development needs. A more robust understanding of the injuries suffered by caregivers in the home care environment can inform actions taken to improve in these four areas.

2019 Publication #:
95-02-2019

Author(s):
SHARP

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In-Home Care Services: An Examination of the Washington State Workers' Compensation Claims Data, 2012-2016 (1376 KB PDF)

To describe the types of workers' compensation compensable claims specific in-home care services in Washington State from 2012-2016.

2019 Publication #:
95-02-2019

Author(s):
Howard
Ninica
Adams
Darrin

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Injury Claim Rates in Logging (456.01 KB PDF)

Injury Rate Comparisons for Nonmechanized and Mechanized Logging Operations, Washington State, 2005-2014

2019 Publication #:
75-36-2019

Author(s):
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
SHARP

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Ironworker Falls 80 Feet through Bent Plate Gap (356.13 KB PDF)

A 29-year-old ironworker was severely injured after falling through a bent plate gap and landing 80 feet below in a debris net.

2019 Publication #:
71-179-2019

Author(s):
Washington State Dept of Labor & Industries

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Ironworker Falls 80 Feet through Bent Plate Gap Slideshow (1.93 MB PDF)

A 29-year-old ironworker was severely injured after falling through a bent plate gap and landing 80 feet below in a debris net.

2019 Publication #:
71-179-2019s

Author(s):
Washington State Dept of Labor & Industrie

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Laborer Burned Cutting 55-Gallon Drum when Leftover Fuel Explodes (692.71 PDF)

A 34-year-old farm laborer was severely burned when he used a cut-off saw to cut into a sealed 55-gallon steel drum that contained residual fuel, causing the drum to explode.

2019 Publication #:
71-177-2019

Author(s):
Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE)

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Laborer Burned Cutting 55-Gallon Drum when Leftover Fuel Explodes Slideshow (1.71 MB PDF)

A 34-year-old farm laborer was severely burned when he used a cut-off saw to cut into a sealed 55-gallon steel drum that contained residual fuel, causing the drum to explode.

2019 Publication #:
71-177-2019s

Author(s):
Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE)

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Laborer Severely Injured in 60-Foot Fall from Scissor Lift (317.44 KB PDF)

A 39-year-old construction laborer was severely injured when he fell 60 feet to the ground below. He fell through a gap between the scissor lift he was working from and the building when the deck extension platform of the scissor lift moved.

2019 Publication #:
71-175-2018

Author(s):
Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program

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Laborer Severely Injured in 60-Foot Fall from Scissor Lift Slideshow (920.02 KB PDF)

A 39-year old construction laborer was severely inuured when he fell 60 feet to the ground below. He fell through a gap between the scissor lift he was working from and the building when the deck extension platform of the scissor lift moved. The incident took place at job site where a new apartment building was being constructed. The victim had been working for the company for two years.

2019 Publication #:
71-175-2018s

Author(s):
Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program

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Orchard Manager Dies When ATV Crashes into Apple Bin (258.82 KB)

A 43-year-old orchard manager died when the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was operating struck an apple bin causing him to be thrown 32 feet from the point of impact.

2019 Publication #:
71-180-2019

Author(s):
Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation

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Orchard Manager Dies When ATV Crashes into Apple Bin slideshow (1.07 MB)

A 43-year-old orchard manager died when the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) he was operating struck an apple bin causing him to be thrown 32 feet from the point of impact.

2019 Publication #:
71-180-2019s

Author(s):
Washington State Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation

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Roofer Falls 18 Feet from Wet House Roof (611.67 KB PDF)

A 50-year-old roofer died when he fell 18 feet from a house roof. He had 20 years of experience as a roofer and had worked for his employer's roofing company for two years.

2019 Publication #:
71-178-2019

Author(s):
Washington State Dept of Labor & Industries
SHARP

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Roofer Falls 18 Feet from Wet House Roof Slideshow (944 KB PDF)

A 50-year-old roofer died when he fell 18 feet from a house roof. He had 20 years of experience as a roofer and had worked for his employer's roofing company for two years. Slideshow

2019 Publication #:
71-178-2019s

Author(s):
Washington State Dept of Labor & Industries
SHARP

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Safety Interlocks Bypassed on Feller Bunchers (271.95 KB PDF)

In the summer of 2018 in Oregon, a processor operator with ten years of experience died when the delimbing arms and feed rolls of the processor head he was repairing closed suddenly, crushing him.

2019 Publication #:
94-16-2019

Author(s):
Christina Rappin

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SHARP Stats: CTS and Chronic Conditions (528.94 KB PDF)

Workers' Compensation Claimants with Chronic Conditions Not Working after Injury: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome vs Upper Extremity Fracture Claimants

2019 Publication #:
76-15-2019

Author(s):
Jennifer Marcum

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SHARP Stats: Health Worker Injuries (524.43 KB PDF)

Workers in Home Health Services and Nursing Homes include registered nurses, nursing assistants and therapists. Though care in both nursing homes and private residences involves close interactions with patients, the risk of work-related injuries differs by injury type.

2019 Publication #:
76-16-2019

Author(s):
Ninica Howard

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Silica (401.09 KB)

Silica exposures frequently exceed the legal limit in stone fabricators

2019 Publication #:
76-17-2019

Author(s):
SHARP
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

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Washington State Occupational Health Indicators - Current Data (2010-present) (537.38 KB PDF)

Washington State researchers at the Department of Labor and Industries worked with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Occupational Health workgroup to develop a set of measures to track occupational injuries and illnesses. These measures are called 'occupational health indicators' (OHI) and are meant to provide an overview and general assessment of the occupational health status of Washington State.

2019 Publication #:
80-12-2019

Author(s):
Sara Wuellner
Naomi Anderson

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Washington State's occupational respiratory disease surveillance system, 2016 ,013 2017: Surveillance methods and a preliminary evaluation (725.11 KB PDF)

Occupational respiratory diseases are preventable. The purpose of Washington's occupational respiratory disease surveillance system is to identify disease trends that when addressed with prevention activities, may lead to a reduction in respiratory disease burden.

2019 Publication #:
64-14-2019

Author(s):
Carolyn Whitaker

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WMSD Claims Snapshot: Shoulder (329.10 KB PDF)

Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) are caused by using high force, repetitive movements, awkward postures, or too much vibration on the job.

2019 Publication #:
99-01-2019

Author(s):
SHARP
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

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Workers Severely Injured Using Demolition Robots (281.04 KB PDF)

Two construction workers were severely injured in separate incidents involving remote controlled-demolition machines also known as demolition robots. Workers operated similar machines with three-part articulating arms powered by electric-controlled hydraulics. Both used remote controllers intended to keep them outside the machine's risk zone, which varies by specific machine, attachment, and task.

2019 Publication #:
47-26-2019

Author(s):
Washington State Dept of Labor & Industries

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