Personal health-risk predictors of occupational injury among 3415 municipal employees

Brian G. Forrester, Michael T. Weaver, Kathleen C. Brown, Jennan A. Phillips, James C. Hilyer

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Little information exists about the effectiveness of health-promotion programs in reducing occupational injury rates. A historical cohort study was conducted to examine the relationship between personal health-risk factors and risk of occupational injury. Workers were grouped on the basis of nonoccupational risk-taking behaviors, psychosocial risks, cardiovascular risk factors, and a total risk-factor variable. All analyses were controlled for sex, smoking status, age, and job classification. An increased risk of occupational injury (P < .0001) was found to be significantly associated with nonoccupational risk-taking behavior. This association may be the result of continued risk-taking behavior in the occupational environment, or assignment of risk-taking individuals to more hazardous job tasks. Psychosocial, cardiovascular, and total risk-factor variables were not associated with an increased risk of occupational injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-521
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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