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Examining job tenure and lost-time claim rates in Ontario, Canada, over a 10-year period, 1999–2008

Objective: We sought to examine the association between job tenure and lost-time claim rates over a 10-year period in Ontario, Canada. Methods: Data were obtained from workers' compensation records and labour force survey data from 1999 to 2008. Claim rates were calculated for gender, age, industry, occupation, year and job tenure group. A multivariate analysis and examination of effect modification were performed. Differences in injury event and source of injury were also examined by job tenure. Results: Lost-time claim rates were significantly higher for workers with shorter job tenure, regardless of other factors. Claim rates for new workers differed by gender, age and industry, but remained relatively constant at an elevated rate over the observed time period. Conclusions: This study is the first to examine lost-time claim rates by job tenure over a time period during which overall claim rates generally declined. Claim rates did not show a convergence by job tenure. Findings highlight that new workers are still at elevated risk, and suggest the need for improved training, reducing exposures among new workers, promoting permanent employment, and monitoring work injury trends and risk factors.

Source : Sara Morassaei, F Curtis Breslin, Min Shen, Peter M Smith. Examining job tenure and lost-time claim rates in Ontario, Canada, over a 10-year period, 1999–2008, Occup Environ Med, Published Online First: 2 November 2012  http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2012-100743

Finland-Occupational diseases statistics 2010

In 2010, a total of 5839 (recognized and suspected) occupational diseases were notified into the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health’s Register of Occupational Diseases (FROD), i.e. 24 cases per 10 000 employed workers. In 2005, the figure was 7038 (29.3 cases per 10 000 employed workers), and in 2009, 6299 (25.6 cases per 10 000 employed workers).

Source : http://osha.europa.eu/en/news/fin-occupational-diseases-statistics-2010?sourceid=rss&utm_source=home&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rssfeeds

Fatal injury in the ageing workforce

Background: Australia's workforce is ageing due to demographic and economic factors. Aims: (1) To describe the dimensions, nature, and external causes of fatalities in workers aged 55 years and older, Australia, 2000-2009. (2) To provide baseline data for future studies. (3) To investigate the preparedness of high risk industries and workers for the safety of the ageing workforce. Methods: Retrospective descriptive cohort data for workers aged 55 years and older (2000-2009) were extracted from population-based mortality data and analysed by age, gender, industry, occupation, and external cause. Subsequent studies investigated the preparedness of industry (stakeholder interviews) and workers (focus groups) for ageing workforce safety in the agriculture, transport and construction industries. Results: Of 2283 unintentional work-related fatalities: 336 were aged 55 years or older; 218 were 55-64; 83 were 65-74; 35 were 75 years or older; and 96.3% male. Industries with the most deaths among older workers were agriculture (37.8%), transport (19.3%) and construction (16.6%). Common themes among industry stakeholders included: awareness of the ageing workforce, the impact of ongoing heavy physical labour, and related management issues; an assumption that general safety initiatives will adequately cover older worker safety; and concerns about older worker compensation liabilities. The focus group study is in progress and results will be reported. Significance: Older worker deaths are a significant problem which will likely grow with workforce ageing. Employers and work authorities will need to consider the specific characteristics and vulnerabilities of older workers to enable implementation of appropriate injury prevention strategies for this population.

Source: Ozanne-Smith, J., Jones C., Watson, W., Kitching, F. Fatal injury in the ageing workforce. Inj. Prev. 2012; 18(Suppl. 1): A12.


The latest top level statistics on work-related ill health, workplace fatalities and injuries, and enforcement in Great Britain

Key annual figures 2011/12

  • 1.1 million working people were suffering from a work-related illness
  • 173 workers killed at work
  • 111 000 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR
  • 212 000 over-3-day absence injuries occurred (LFS)
  • 27 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • Workplace injuries and ill health (excluding cancer) cost society an estimated £13.4 billion in 2010/11

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