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Occup Environ Med. 2004 Jan;61(1):79-81.

Work status after workers' compensation claims for upper limb musculoskeletal disorders.

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Consultation de Pathologie Professionnelle, CHU, F-49033 Angers, France. Yvroquelaure@chu-angers.fr

Abstract

AIM:

To provide information on employment status after workers' compensation (WC) claims for musculoskeletal disorders of the limbs (MSDs).

METHODS:

Two-year follow up of the workers who filed a WC claim for MSDs in 1996 in the Pays de la Loire region. Of the 701 eligible workers, 514 workers (70%) participated. Information was requested by means of a mailed questionnaire about the characteristics of the MSDs and job status at the time of the WC claim and two years later.

RESULTS:

Two years after the WC claim, 65% of the claimants had returned to work in the same company, often without any ergonomic improvement, 12% had retired or had left employment voluntarily, and 18% had been dismissed. The risk of dismissal was associated with three factors: being older than 45 years, having two or more MSDs at claim, and working in the cleaning services sector.

PMID:
14691278
PMCID:
PMC1757812
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