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The Safe Teen Work Project: a study to reduce cutting injuries among young and inexperienced workers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9099365     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A tool used to cut cardboard containers, known as a case cutter, frequently causes lacerations among adolescent grocery store workers. We evaluated a safety program using a less hazardous case cutter combined with worker education. Nine supermarket stores were divided into three groups. In Group A stores, employees received new safety case cutters with education; in Group B stores, employees received education using old cutters; Group C stores were the control. Case cutting lacerations were tracked 3 years before, and 1 year after, the intervention. There were 199 cutting injuries. Cutting injury rates decreased 3.5/100,000 man-hours in Group A stores, compared to 1.5 in Group B stores and 1.6/100,000 man-hours in control stores, with a marked reduction of compensation-related injuries in A stores. Estimated cost savings for A stores were $245/year/store and $29,413/year for the chain. An intervention to decrease case cutting injuries among adolescent grocery store workers can be protective and cost-effective.
L Banco; G Lapidus; J Monopoli; R Zavoski
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of industrial medicine     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0271-3586     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Ind. Med.     Publication Date:  1997 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-07-08     Completed Date:  1997-07-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8101110     Medline TA:  Am J Ind Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  619-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Connecticut Childhood Injury Prevention Center, Hartford 06115, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Equipment Design
Equipment Safety*
Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control*

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