Date of Award

January 2014

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

First Advisor

E. Scott Dunlap

Department Affiliation

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management


This study compares the Department of the Army, Civilian Worker's Compensation Program to the Private Industry Workforce Worker's Compensation Program. Quantitative research is implemented throughout the study and will compare the cost of workers compensation (WC) claims between the Army and Private Industry. Ultimately, the study will analyze the following items; (a) the Army's current WC program and case management procedures, (b) the description of a gold standard private industry WC program and case management procedures, and (c) a comparison of the costs and outcomes of both programs.

Specific research and methodology included an investigation of the Army and Private Industry Workers Compensation doctrine, programs, and policies to gain a greater understanding of what is being implemented and why the private industry workforce serves as a golden standard. Interviews have also been conducted with case managers and safety and occupational health specialist from both workforces. Additionally, the final step included a cost analysis of carpal tunnel workers compensation claims that have been filled from 2008-2012.