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Prioritizing industries for occupational injury and illness prevention and research, Washington State workers' compensation claims, 1999-2003.

Authors
Bonauto-DK; Silverstein-B; Adams-D; Foley-M
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2006 Aug; 48(8):840-851
NIOSHTIC No.
20031210
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to identify high-risk industry groups for effective allocation of occupational safety and health prevention and research resources. METHODS: We used all compensable Washington state workers' compensation claims to rank North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry groups by a "prevention index" (PI). The PI is the average of the rank orders of each industry group's claim count and claim incidence rate. RESULTS: Of the 274 industry groups ranked by PI for all compensable workers' compensation claims, the following industry groups ranked the highest: NAICS 2381 Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors, NAICS 4841 General Freight Trucking, and NAICS 2361 Residential Building Construction. Industry group PI rankings are reported for the seven most common costly occupational injury types. CONCLUSIONS: Use of a PI can focus prevention and research resources where they can be of most benefit.
Keywords
Occupational-exposure; Workers; Worker-health; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Trucking; Transportation-industry; Communications-industry; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-rates; Accident-statistics; Accident-prevention
Contact
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program, Olympia, WA 98504-4330, USA
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20060801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
bone235@lni.wa.gov
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U01-OH-007292; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008487
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
1076-2752
SIC Code
NAICS-2381; NAICS-4841; NAICS-2361
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
WA
Performing Organization
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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