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Estimating the full cost of workplace injuries

While many studies estimate medical costs and lost wages from workplace injuries, few have estimated pain and suffering costs. This study develops a wage-risk model for railroad workers and estimates the total cost of on-the-job injuries. On average, the total cost of an on-the-job injury to a railroad worker in 1980 was between $19,500 and $22,500. These estimates are substantially higher than the sum of medical costs plus lost wages


French, M. (1990). Estimating the full cost of workplace injuries. American Journal of Public Health, 80(9), 1118-1119.