Magazine article Occupational Hazards

National Study Shows Health, Productivity Declined after Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks. (Safety and Health)

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

National Study Shows Health, Productivity Declined after Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks. (Safety and Health)

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A study of employee health and productivity showed a substantial reduction in productive work time for employees in all regions of the country during the two weeks following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

On average, employee health problems - such as fatigue, stomach and digestive disorders, headache, back pain or simply feeling "sad and blue" - resulted in a loss of 4.5 productive hours per worker the week following the attack. This is more than double the 2.1 productive hours lost per worker per week prior to the attacks. According to the study, conducted by AdvancePCS, a health improvement company, all regions of the country experienced similar reductions.

"The tragic loss of life from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 has deeply affected Americans everywhere," said Walter Stewart, Ph.D., MPH, vice president of research for AdvancePCS and director of the AdvancePCS Center for Work and Health. "The impact of the attacks on employee health goes well beyond time absent from work. …

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