White, Conard L.
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Industry and Technology
There are two problems considered in this study. The first was to determine if there was a significant relationship between the severity of an occupational injury and those placement variables which could contribute to severity. These relationships were sought within similar job classifications. In this study those variables were the following: age, sex, day of the week, hour of work, net service credited, work experience, and accident location. The second problem of this study was to compare a sample of individuals involved in an accident with a similar sample not having an accident record. Such variables as age, work experience, and net service credited were used to make this comparison. The data and definitions for both problems were taken from the records of a large public utility's suburban operations. The data for both problems were analyzed using the Chi-square for contingency tables. An alpha level of .05 was chosen to determine significant differences. A Chi-square value was computed from each table and corresponding probabilities determined. The most important conclusion to be drawn from problem one is that there is no significant relationship between the severity of an injury and the placement variables chosen for this study; age, hour of work, work experience, net service credited, day of the week and location, with the exception of one job classification. Although this study shows that no significant relationship exists, it may provide management with a valuable tool in the placement of their employees. The results in problem two show that there is no significant difference between the individuals involved in an accident and those who did not have an accident with respect to the placement variables studied. These findings were conveyed across all four of the job classifications being compared. The overall conclusions of this study are that the placement variables studied herein are not related to the severity of an industrial injury. It may also be concluded that the same placement variables cannot be used to predict the probable occurrence of an industrial accident.
Hagedorn, Richard W., "The relationship between selected employee placement variables and industrial accident severity" (1975). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6172.
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