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Nonfatal tool- or equipment-related injuries treated in US emergency departments among workers in the construction industry, 1998-2005.

Authors
Lipscomb-HJ; Schoenfisch-AL; Shishlov-KS; Myers-DJ
Source
Am J Ind Med 2010 Jun; 53(6):581-587
NIOSHTIC No.
20038283
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Individuals in the construction industry are exposed to a variety of tools and pieces of equipment as they work. METHODS: Data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) occupational supplement to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS-Work) were used to characterize tool- and equipment-related injuries among workers in the construction industry that were treated in US emergency departments between 1998 and 2005. Based on a national stratified probability sample of US hospitals with 24 hr emergency services, NEISS-Work allows calculation of national injury estimates. RESULTS: Over the 8-year period between 1998 and 2005, we estimated 786,900 (95% CI 546,600-1,027,200) ED-treated tool- or equipment-related injuries identified by the primary or secondary source of injury code. These injuries accounted for a quarter of all ED-treated construction industry injuries. Although over 100 different tools or pieces of equipment were responsible for these injuries, seven were responsible for over 65% of the injury burden: ladders, nail guns, power saws, hammers, knives, power drills, and welding tools in decreasing order. CONCLUSIONS: Current injury estimates and their severity, marked by the proportion of cases that were not released after ED treatment, indicate interventions are particularly needed to prevent injuries associated with use of ladders as well as nail guns and power saws. Attention should focus on design and guarding to more efficiently prevent these injuries rather than simply calling for the training of workers in how to safely use a dangerous tool or piece of equipment.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-workers; Construction-materials; Tools; Construction-equipment; Injuries; Occupational-accidents; Construction-industry; Injury-prevention; Accident-rates; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Power-tools; Surveillance; Author Keywords: Construction workers; Occupational injury; Emergency department; NEISS-Work; Tools; Equipment
Contact
Prof. Hester J. Lipscomb, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Box 3834, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20100601
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
hester.lipscomb@duke.edu
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
NC; WV
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