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Upper limb repetitive strain injuries in Manitoba.
Am J Ind Med. 1996 Oct; 30(4):461-72.AJ

Abstract

A review of workers' compensation board (WCB) claims in Manitoba, Canada identified an estimated 382 upper limb repetitive strain injury (RSI) claims or 9.3% of all upper limb WCB claims accepted in 1991. Tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) were the most frequent diagnoses (27.5% and 19.3%, respectively). Rates of RSI were not significantly different by gender and age. RSI claimants had been experiencing symptoms for an average of 8 months prior to filing a compensation claim. While clerical occupations accounted for 13.6% of all upper limb RSI claims, the rates for RSIs in these occupations were low (0.67/1,000 workers), in contrast to occupations with the highest RSI rates: food, beverage, and related processing occupations (14.68/1,000 workers) and fabricating, assembling, and repairing of metal products (9.32/1,000). The highest risk industries were meat and poultry processing-related (23.48/1,000) and the manufacturing of airplanes (9.06/1,000). RSI claims were significantly more costly (+5,569 vs. +2,480, p < 0.0001) and required more time loss (71.4 vs. 33.6 d, p < 0.0001) than similar musculoskeletal non-RSI claims. Similarly, RSI claimants were less likely to return to the same job (67.3% vs. 81.0%, p < 0.0001) than non-RSI claimants. It was concluded that the cost and severity of RSI claims militate for intensified preventive measures.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

8892552

Citation

Yassi, A, et al. "Upper Limb Repetitive Strain Injuries in Manitoba." American Journal of Industrial Medicine, vol. 30, no. 4, 1996, pp. 461-72.
Yassi A, Sprout J, Tate R. Upper limb repetitive strain injuries in Manitoba. Am J Ind Med. 1996;30(4):461-72.
Yassi, A., Sprout, J., & Tate, R. (1996). Upper limb repetitive strain injuries in Manitoba. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 30(4), 461-72.
Yassi A, Sprout J, Tate R. Upper Limb Repetitive Strain Injuries in Manitoba. Am J Ind Med. 1996;30(4):461-72. PubMed PMID: 8892552.
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