Effect of a nurse back injury prevention intervention on the rate of injury compensation claims

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Martin, Peter, Harvey, John ORCID: 0000-0001-6927-6580, Culvenor, John and Payne, Warren ORCID: 0000-0001-5046-3992 (2009) Effect of a nurse back injury prevention intervention on the rate of injury compensation claims. Journal of Safety Research, 40 (1). pp. 13-19. ISSN 0022-4375


Problem: This study evaluated the effect of introducing a No Lifting policy on back injuries to nurses, across an entire health care system. Methods: Methods included: analysis of the data for all public health agencies in the Australian state of Victoria; compensation data from the Victorian Workcover Authority; data about workforce and program implementation from a retrospective survey of agencies; longitudinal analysis of standardized workers compensation claim rates for back injuries before, during and after the intervention. Results: A statistically significant decline in back injury claim rates during implementation contrasted with no statistically significant trends within the periods before and after the intervention. A statistically significant reduction occurred in mean quarterly standard back injury claim incidence rates per 1,000 equivalent fulltime nursing staff (EFTNS), representing a 24% reduction in standard back injury claims/1000 EFTNS. Discussion: Ergonomics principles encourage changing the work environment to suit the worker. This approach delivered a significant improvement in the immediate term. Impact of industry: The substantial decline in back injury rates signifies a major improvement in the safety of a critical aspect of the work environment for nurses

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6803
DOI 10.1016/j.jsr.2008.10.013
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsr.2008.10.013
Subjects Current > Division/Research > Other
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > SEO Classification > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Keywords ResPubID19434, Nursing, Back injury, No lifting, Longitudinal analysis, Evaluation of occupational health and safety interventions
Citations in Scopus 21 - View on Scopus
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