There are no standards for how long it usually takes a person with an industrial injury to return to work. Keeping accurate records helps in tracking return-to-work averages and will yield an experiential record that helps determining averages for individual cases. The following is Steelcase's experience over the past 10 years. Although workers used to go out on workers' compensation from injuries and complications of the back, now they're sustaining more injuries to the upper extremities in the wrist, elbow, and arm.
* No one was treated for carpal tunnel injury in 1982.
SOURCE: Steelcase Inc.
Personnel Journal, February 1993, Vol. 72, No. 2, p. 78.