Safe Lifting Programs at Long-Term Care Facilities and Their Impact on Workers’ Compensation Costs

Source: Tanya E. Restrepo, Frank A. Schmid, Patricia W. Gucer, Harry L. Shuford, Chun J. Shyong, and Melissa A. McDiarmid, Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Volume 55 – Issue 1, January 2013
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From the abstract:
To determine the utility of a safe lifting program index and a measure of lift inventory to predict workers’ compensation claim frequency and costs in long-term care facilities in 23 states…. In this national study, we find that a comprehensive safe lift program, endorsed and promoted by directors of nursing, reduces caregiver injury as measured by workers’ compensation claims frequency and costs….