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Fatal injury surveillance.

Authors
Jenkins-EL
Source
Workplace health surveillance: an action-oriented approach. N. A. Naizlish, ed., New York: Oxford University Press, Inc., 2000 Oct; :213-218
NIOSHTIC No.
20020964
Abstract
In the United States, an average of 16 workers die every day from injuries sustained on the job. This represents 16 workers who will not return home, 16 families who will mourn the loss of a loved one. For those of us in occupational safety and health, these deaths must be our guideposts for prevention. Inforamtion must be compiled on each of these deaths and examined both individually (in order to identify ways to prevent similar incidents in the future) and collectively (in order to identify patterns and trends of particular kinds of incidents). Indeed, fatal injury surveillance data allow the description of the nature and magnitude of the occupational injury problem, the identification of potential risk factors, the generation of hypotheses for further research, and the setting of research and prevention priorities. Ongoing surveillance systems also enable the monitoring of trends over time and offer the potential to evaluate prevention efforts. In-depth investigations of workplace fatal injuries identified through surveillance systems allow additional analysis of the circumstances of incidents.
Keywords
Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-health-services; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Mortality-data
Publication Date
20001001
Document Type
Book or book chapter
Editors
Maizlish-NA
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
0195128885
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
Workplace health surveillance: an action-oriented approach
State
WV
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