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Injury and the New World of Work

Over the last fifty years the nature of work and work injury has changed dramatically. Since the 1980s, workers’ compensation claims have grown steadily and insurance institutions are feeling the crunch. In Injury and the New World of Work, Terrence Sullivan emphasizes the precarious line between the expansion of needs-based justice and the preservation of work-based prosperity. The contributors to the book examine a broad range of research solutions and policy options for dealing with the critical state of workers’ compensation. The essays draw on recent case studies and original empirical work from Canada, situating the book within a comparative international frame of reference.

368 pages

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Part 1: Introduction

1 Restating Disability or Disabling the State: Four Challenges / Terrence Sullivan and John Frank

Part 2: The Industrial-Epidemiological Shift

2 From Chainsaws to Keyboards: Injury and Industrial Disease in British Columbia / Aleck Ostry

3 Workforce and Workplace Change: Implications for Injuries and Compensation / Morley Gunderson and Douglas Hyatt

4 Women, Work, and Injury / Jinjoo Chung, Donald Cole and Judy Clarke

Part 3: Prevention

5 The Importance of Psychosocial Risk Factors in Injury / Michael Kerr

6 Ergonomic Interventions for Reducing Musculoskeletal Disorders / Robert Norman and Richard Wells

7 Firm-Level Organizational Practices and Work Injury / Harry Shannon

8 Joint Health and Safety Committees: Finding a Balance / John O’Grady

Part 4: Rehabilitation and Return to Work

9 Staging Treatment Interventions following Soft Tissue Injuries / Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Donald Cole, Pierre Côté, and John Frank

10 The Natural History and Effective Treatment of Chronic Pain from Musculoskeletal Injury / Eldon Tunks, Joan Crook and Mikaela Crook

11 Effective Disability Management and Return-to-Work Practices / Ann-Sylvia Brooker, Judy Clarke, Sandra Sinclair, Victoria Pennick and Sheilah Hogg-Johnson

Part 5: Entitlement, Fairness and Sustainability

12 Determining Occupational Disorder: Can This Camel Carry More Straw? / John Frank and Andreas Maetzel

13 Fatality Benefits: Rationale and Practice / Terry Thomason

14 Psychiatric Disability and Workers’ Compensation / William Gnam


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