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 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
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2012


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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