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Temporal Factors and the Prevalence of Transient Exposures at the Time of an Occupational Traumatic Hand Injury

Lombardi, David A. PhD; Sorock, Gary S. PhD; Hauser, Russ MD, ScD; Nasca, Philip C. PhD; Eisen, Ellen A. ScD; Herrick, Robert F. ScD; Mittleman, Murray A. MD, DrPH

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Abstract

Temporal factors and the prevalence of exposure to transient risk factors for occupational traumatic hand injury were analyzed among 1166 subjects participating in a case-crossover study. Temporal factors included time of injury and elapsed time to injury since the start of the work shift. Transient exposures included work equipment, work practice, and worker-related factors. The highest frequency of injury was observed from 08:00 am to 12:00 pm (54.6%), with a peak from 10:00 to 11:00 am (14.9%). The median time into the work shift for injury was 3.5 hours. Subjects injured 2 to 3 hours into their work shift most often reported using a machine, tool, or work material that performed differently than usual (23.9%). These results suggest that acute hand injuries occur earlier in the workday and safety programs should place increased vigilance on these times.

©2003The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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