Injuries and Illnesses from Wood Framing in Residential Construction, Washington State, 1993-1999

Syed Mahboob Ali Shah, David Bonauto, Barbara Silverstein, Michael Foley, John Kalat

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The construction industry is associated with high rates of work-related injury. We used workers compensation data to describe the injuries and illnesses, claim rates, and claim costs associated with wood framing activities in construction. From 1993 to 1999, there were 33,021 accepted state fund workers compensation claims with direct costs of over $197 million. The average annual claim rate was 45 per 100 full-time equivalent. Statistically significant downward trends were noted in claim rates for all injuries and illnesses, compensable time loss claims, eye and fall injuries. However, these trends were not statistically significantly different from those observed in all other construction risk classes combined. The information in this report can be used to guide prevention efforts and to evaluate the effectiveness of Washington state initiatives to reduce injury and illness rates in wood frame construction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1171-1182
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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