Body mass index as a predictor of firefighter injury and workers' compensation claims

Kerry S. Kuehl, Yasemin Kisbu-Sakarya, Diane L. Elliot, Esther L. Moe, Carol A. DeFrancesco, David Mackinnon, Ginger Lockhart, Linn Goldberg, Hannah E. Kuehl

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OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between lifestyle variables including body mass index and filing a workers' compensation claim due to firefighter injury. METHODS: A cross-sectional evaluation of firefighter injury related to workers" compensation claims occurring 5 years after the original Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Alternative Models' Effects study intervention. RESULTS: A logistic regression analysis for variables predicting filing a workers' compensation claim due to an injury was performed with a total of 433 participants. The odds of filing a compensation claim were almost 3 times higher for firefighters with a body mass index of more than 30 kg/m than firefighters with a normal body mass index (odds ratio, 2.89; P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: This study addresses a high-priority area of reducing firefighter injuries and workers' compensation claims. Maintaining a healthy body weight is important to reduce injury and workers' compensation claims among firefighters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)579-582
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume54
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2012

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Firefighters
Workers' Compensation
Body Mass Index
Wounds and Injuries
Life Style
Logistic Models
Odds Ratio
Body Weight
Regression Analysis

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Body mass index as a predictor of firefighter injury and workers' compensation claims. / Kuehl, Kerry S.; Kisbu-Sakarya, Yasemin; Elliot, Diane L.; Moe, Esther L.; DeFrancesco, Carol A.; Mackinnon, David; Lockhart, Ginger; Goldberg, Linn; Kuehl, Hannah E.

In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 54, No. 5, 05.2012, p. 579-582.

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Kuehl, KS, Kisbu-Sakarya, Y, Elliot, DL, Moe, EL, DeFrancesco, CA, Mackinnon, D, Lockhart, G, Goldberg, L & Kuehl, HE 2012, 'Body mass index as a predictor of firefighter injury and workers' compensation claims', Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 54, no. 5, pp. 579-582. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0b013e318249202d
Kuehl, Kerry S. ; Kisbu-Sakarya, Yasemin ; Elliot, Diane L. ; Moe, Esther L. ; DeFrancesco, Carol A. ; Mackinnon, David ; Lockhart, Ginger ; Goldberg, Linn ; Kuehl, Hannah E. / Body mass index as a predictor of firefighter injury and workers' compensation claims. In: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2012 ; Vol. 54, No. 5. pp. 579-582.
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