Workforce Implications


Lead Author(s): 

Andrew N. Pollak, MD

Supporting Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

Musculoskeletal workplace injuries are a major concern, accounting for a large proportion of all nonfatal injuries that result in days away from work. Even though long-term trends show significant reductions in the total number of worker injuries each year, the proportion that are related to musculoskeletal (MSD, which include fractures, bruises/ contusions, and amputations) continues to account for more than one-half of all worker nonfatal injury cases involving days away from work. In addition to the cost of medical care for these injuries, the cost of lost wages and the potential for long-term impairment negatively impacting worker productivity are enormous.  


  • 2014

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