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

Kerry Kuehl, Yasemin Kisbu-Sakarya, Diane Elliot, Esther Moe, Carol A. DeFrancesco, David P. 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; Kisbu-Sakarya, Yasemin; Elliot, Diane; Moe, Esther; DeFrancesco, Carol A.; MacKinnon, David P.; 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, Kerry ; Kisbu-Sakarya, Yasemin ; Elliot, Diane ; Moe, Esther ; DeFrancesco, Carol A. ; MacKinnon, David P. ; 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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