SAFETY BELT USE AND HEALTH. AN ANALYSIS OF CONTROL DATA CORPORATION'S EMPLOYEE POPULATION

Few corporate-based health promotion programs address motor vehicle crashes as a major preventable cause of death and disability for employees. This report examines safety belt use of employees at Control Data Corporation, its relationship to other health behaviors, and the potential cost-savings from increasing safety belt use among employees. Survey data were collected on employee health status, health risks, and health care claims from 1982-1983. Safety belt users reported higher productivity, fewer sick days, fewer chronic conditions and better overall health practices than non-users. Participants in StayWell (a health promotion program) reported higher safety belt use than employees at control sites. A significant number of workers who completed two or more risk profiles reported improving their safety belt use from four to eight percent. Projected annual cost-savings to the corporation from the increase ranged from $9,210 to $38,785. Recommendations are made for further research on health risk appraisal, the interaction between safety belt use, other health habits and health care claims, and the need for automobile occupant protection programs in worksite settings.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Control Data Corporation

    Health Care Services Division, 8100 34th Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55440

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Authors:
    • MERRILL, B
    • Sleet, D A
  • Publication Date: 1984-7

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 104 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00396288
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt., HS-806 633
  • Contract Numbers: DTRS5784-Q-80001-SD
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1985 12:00AM