Ann Marie Dale

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BACKGROUND Falls are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the construction industry. This study measured fall hazards at residential construction sites. METHODS Trained carpenters administered the St. Louis Audit of Fall Risks and interviewed carpenters. The prevalence of fall prevention practices meeting safety criteria was counted and(More)
BACKGROUND Between 2001 and 2010, five research groups conducted coordinated prospective studies of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) incidence among US workers from various industries and collected detailed subject-level exposure information with follow-up of symptoms, electrophysiological measures and job changes. OBJECTIVE This analysis examined the(More)
Existing national data may underreport the full burden of occupational injuries and illnesses. This study sought to provide more complete reporting and to assess disability that persisted following return to work. Workers (n = 205) with a musculoskeletal injury resulting in 5 or more days of lost time or restricted duty were recruited from three employers.(More)
INTRODUCTION Although previous studies have related occupational exposure and epicondylitis, the evidence is moderate and mostly based on cross-sectional studies. Suspected physical exposures were tested over a 3-year period in a large longitudinal cohort study of workers in the USA. METHOD In a population-based study including a variety of industries,(More)
BACKGROUND Few large epidemiologic studies have used rigorous case criteria, individual-level exposure measurements, and appropriate control for confounders to examine associations between workplace psychosocial and biomechanical factors and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). METHODS Pooling data from five independent research studies, we assessed associations(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare results obtained with the NC-stat--an automated nerve testing device--to traditional nerve conduction studies relevant to carpal tunnel syndrome screening. METHODS Thirty-three subjects recruited from patients referred for electrodiagnostic testing were studied. Measurements including the distal motor latency (DML), distal sensory(More)
UNLABELLED Pooling data from different epidemiological studies of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) is necessary to improve statistical power and to more precisely quantify exposure-response relationships for MSDs. The pooling process is difficult and time-consuming, and small methodological differences could lead to different exposure-response(More)
OBJECTIVE We studied associations between job-title-based measures of force and repetition and incident carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). BACKGROUND Job exposure matrices (JEMs) are not commonly used in studies of work-related upper-extremity disorders. METHOD We enrolled newly hired workers in a prospective cohort study. We assigned a Standard Occupational(More)
PROBLEM Falls from heights in residential construction are common, especially among inexperienced workers. METHODS We conducted a comprehensive needs assessment to determine gaps in the school-based apprentice carpenters' fall prevention training. A team of carpenter instructors and researchers revised the fall prevention training to fill these gaps.(More)
Ergonomic analyses and interventions are used as primary prevention methods to reduce physical stressors in the workplace and to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). These methods can also be used for the treatment of injured employees. In this study, 103 employees with WMSDs resulting in more than 5 days away from usual work received an(More)