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Analysis of text from injury reports improves understanding of construction falls.

Authors
Lipscomb-HJ; Glazner-J; Bondy-J; Lezotte-D; Guarini-K
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2004 Nov; 46(11):1166-1173
NIOSHTIC No.
20029286
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: We combined payroll data, coded workers' compensation (WC) data, and text descriptions of injuries from the construction of Denver International Airport to create a more comprehensive picture of falls from height (FFH) than is typically available from WC data. Text descriptions were coded to identify circumstances surrounding falls. Slips/trips preceded one third of FFH, often involving motor vehicles or heavy equipment. Another third involved movement or collapse of work surfaces, usually ladders or scaffolds. CONCLUSIONS: The significant contribution of motor vehicles and heavy equipment to FFH, particularly those preceded by slips/trips, was not apparent from coded data. Heavy equipment engineering modifications are called for and workers in street/roadway construction/site development need fall protection training. Text analyses allow exploration of factors not identified at the time of data collection and better understanding of the context in which injuries occur.
Keywords
Injuries; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Etiology; Airports; Airport-personnel; Risk-factors; Environmental-factors; Risk-factors; Occupational-accidents; Accidents; Accident-statistics; Accident-analysis
Contact
Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20041101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
hester.lipscomb@duke.edu
Funding Amount
433620
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003613
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
1076-2752
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Surveillance Research Methods
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
NC; CO
Performing Organization
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado
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