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Where African-American women work and the nonfatal work-related injuries they experienced in the U.S. in 1996, compared to women of other races.

Authors
Chen-GX; Layne-LA
Source
Am J Ind Med 1999 Sep; 36(S1):34-36
NIOSHTIC No.
20000821
Abstract
African-American women had higher rates of nonfatal occupational injuries presented to a hospital ED for medical treatment, that white women, in all age groups. Differences in employment status by racial group may suggest potential explanations for the higher risk among African-American women. For example, the higher proportion of African-American women working in the health care sector (where patient lifting and moving are often required) may be associated with the high risk of sprains and strains. More information on occupation, industry, and workplace exposure of the injured worker should be collected and examined to study these associations. Differences in demographic characteristics by racial group should also be considered in future design of research involving occupational injuries among African-American women. Based on the fact that the medical service and hospital industries covered one-fifth of all employed African-American women in the U.S., we suggest that the services industries in general, and the health care sector in particular, should be a priority for research and prevention of nonfatal occupational injuries among African-American women.
Keywords
Health-care-industry; Health-care-personnel; Work-environment; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Minority-workers; Occupational-accidents; Sex-factors; Demographic-characteristics; Racial-factors; Author Keywords: occupational injury; African-American; women; NEISS; employment; occupational health and safety; work environment
Contact
Guang Xiang Chen, NIOSH, Division of Safety Research, 1095 Willowdale Road, P-1133,Morgantown,WV 26505
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
19990901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
gdc0@cdc.gov
Editors
Haartz-JC; Lehtinen-S; Knave-B
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
WV
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