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J Occup Health year 2002 volume 44 number 4 page 221 - 225
Classification Original
Title Effectiveness of a Participatory Workplace Risk Assessment Team in Reducing the Risk and Severity of Musculoskeletal Injury
Author Philip J.W. CARRIVICK1, 2, Andy H. LEE2 and Kelvin K.W. YAU3
Organization 1Department of Occupational Health, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Australia
2School of Public Health, Curtin University of Technology, Australia and
3Department of Management Sciences, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Keywords Manual handling, Musculoskeletal injury, Participatory ergonomics, Workplace risk assessment
Correspondence P. J.W. Carrivick, Department of Occupational Health, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Hospital Avenue, Nedlands, WA 6009, Australia
Abstract Effectiveness of a Participatory Workplace Risk Assessment Team in Reducing the Risk and Severity of Musculoskeletal Injury: Philip J.W. CARRIVICK, et al. Department of Occupational Health, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Australia-This study evaluates the effectiveness of a participatory workplace risk assessment team (the intervention) in reducing the rate and severity of musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal injuries among a cohort of 137 cleaners within a hospital setting. The date, workers' compensation claims cost and hours lost from work were obtained for each injury occurring during the 4-yr pre-intervention and 3-yr post-intervention period. The age, gender and hours worked during the study period, were ascertained for every cleaner whether injured or not. For musculoskeletal injuries, the intervention was associated with significant reductions of two-thirds in injury rate, 65% in workers' compensation claims cost per hour worked, and 40% in hours lost per hour worked. Cleaners also experienced a significant two-third post-intervention reduction in non-musculoskeletal injury rate; but the corresponding changes in severity rates were not significant. The intervention supports the adoption of a participatory approach to reducing the rate and consequence of musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace.