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Temporal factors and the prevalence of transient exposures at the time of an occupational traumatic hand injury.

Authors
Lombardi-DA; Sorock-GS; Hauser-R; Nasca-PC; Eisen-EA; Herrick-RF; Mittleman-MA
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2003 Aug; 45(8):832-840
NIOSHTIC No.
20029215
Abstract
Temporal factors and the prevalence of exposure to transient risk factors for occupational traumatic hand injury were analyzed among 1166 subjects participating in a case-crossover study. Temporal factors included time of injury and elapsed time to injury since the start of the work shift. Transient exposures included work equipment, work practice, and worker-related factors. The highest frequency of injury was observed from 08:00 am to 12:00 pm (54.6%), with a peak from 10:00 to 11:00 am (14.9%). The median time into the work shift for injury was 3.5 hours. Subjects injured 2 to 3 hours into their work shift most often reported using a machine, tool, or work material that performed differently than usual (23.9%). These results suggest that acute hand injuries occur earlier in the workday and safety programs should place increased vigilance on these times.
Keywords
Injuries; Hand-injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Risk-factors; Occupational-exposure; Case-studies; Workers; Work-practices; Safety-programs
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20030801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
david.lombardi@libertymutual.com
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003763
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
Harvard University School of Public Health
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