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An analysis on the status and determinants of injured workers’ return to work after industrial accidents
An analysis on the status and determinants of injured workers’ return to work after industrial accidents
  • SUMMARY
    The major objective of injured workers’ treatment and rehabilitation carried out under the
    workers’ compensation is to help the injured get back to work. According to the internal
    data of the Ministry of Labor, however, the return-to-work rate of injured workers rests at
    not so impressive 37%. This study identifies the return-to-work status of injured workers
    after their treatment, which is necessary in developing a policy that induces workers to
    return to their workplaces. Then the determinants of workers’ decision to return to work
    and continued employment at the original workplace are analyzed.

    By merging the databases of workers’ compensation and employment insurance systems,
    the study examined the return-to-work rate of newly defined injured workers from 1998 to
    2000. The result indicated that injured workers who returned to their original workplaces as
    of January 31, 2002 accounted for 34.9% of the total subjects. If former employees were
    included in the analysis, injured workers who continue to work in the workplace protected
    by employment insurance represent 56.2% of the whole.

    Injured workers who left their jobs because of involuntary reasons took up 67.5% of the
    total, registering a considerably higher rate of involuntary job changes or retirement
    compared to the general population of workers. Specific reasons for leaving their jobs
    include mainly illness and injury, changes in work conditions (company relocation, wage
    cut, delayed payment of wage, etc.) and employer recommendation. Labor supervision
    over employers should be strengthened and aggressive administrative intervention is
    called for, as 57.2% of the cases involving injured workers who changed jobs or retired
    before their treatment was over were in violation of Article 30 of the Labor Standards Act.

    A multiple logit analysis on the determinants of the return-to-work process of injured
    workers revealed that job changes and retirement were more likely to be found among the
    middle aged or elderly workers or less educated class, long-term patients, seriously
    injured workers, injured workers who used to work in small workplaces or manufacturing
    businesses, and employees in construction, real estate and rental industries, business
    service companies, transportation, storage and communications industry, mining,
    wholesale and retail businesses, consumer goods repair, health and social service,
    power, gas and waterworks companies.

    An analysis based on Cox’s proportional hazard model, which determines the period of
    continued post-treatment employment at original workplace, also showed the period to be
    shorter for the young, middle aged or elderly workers, short-term employees, long-term
    patients, seriously injured workers or workers at small workplaces.
Seung-Yeol Yee's other publications : 22
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22 Freelance, the Job of the Future (I): Content Creators Seung-Yeol Yee, Yong-Kwan Lee, Sangkyu Lee December 28, 2018 Freelance, the Job of the Future (I): Content Creators
21 A Study on Middle and Old-aged Self-employed Workers Seung-Yeol Yee, Yeong Jeong Son December 28, 2018 A Study on Middle and Old-aged Self-employed Workers
20 Old-Age Pension Beneficiaries: Labor Supply and Policy Tasks Seung-Yeol Yee December 29, 2017 Old-Age Pension Beneficiaries: Labor Supply and Policy Tasks
19 Comprehensive Evaluation of the Youth Labor Market Policy: Literature Review Seung-Yeol Yee, Se-Um Kim, Jin-Young Kim, Jae Min Seong, Sun Jung Oh, Min-Ki Hong December 29, 2017 Comprehensive Evaluation of the Youth Labor Market Policy: Literature Review
18 Status and Policy Challenges of Injured Workers: Return-to-Work After a Workplace Injury Seung-Yeol Yee, Seungwook Lee December 30, 2016 Status and Policy Challenges of Injured Workers: Return-to-Work After a Workplace Injury
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