Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tendinitis, Carpal Tunnel Lead Injury Categories

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tendinitis, Carpal Tunnel Lead Injury Categories

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Tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome led all workplace injury categories when it came to lost workdays in Oklahoma in 1996, according to a report issued Thursday by the State Department of Labor.

These soft tissue injuries combined for a lost workday average of 48 days. Amputations were next, requiring an average of 30 days of recovery time. Fractures ranked fourth with an average of 16 lost workdays, followed by heat burns at 10 days.

The report reflects nonfatal lost workday occupational injuries and illnesses for 1996, the last year for which complete data have been collected. The labor department recorded 27,769 workplace injuries and illnesses involving days away from work in 1996. Of the total, males accounted for 17,920 or 64.5 percent, while women experienced 35.3 percent or 9,797 of all lost workday injuries and illnesses. Soft tissue trauma led all categories in every major industry division, according to data gathered by the labor department under a contract with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Sprains and strains were the only injuries to score in the double digits at 51.4 percent, with the trunk and back area recording the most injuries, primarily from overexertion. "The survey again emphasizes the need for the State Legislature to address real workers compensation reform," said Labor Commissioner Brenda Reneau. She said legislation proposed last year by the Fallin Commission on Workers Compensation Reform addressed such concerns before being removed from the final version of the bill. "In the meantime, Oklahomans can take a pro-active, aggressive approach to reducing their own workers compensation costs by implementing safety and health programs that target the adoption of a safety culture in the workplace," Reneau said. She said her agency's OSHA Consultation Division is ready to assist companies at no charge. …

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