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Work-related fatalities among youth ages 11-17 in North Carolina, 1990-2008.

Authors
Rauscher-KJ; Runyan-CW; Radisch-D
Source
Am J Ind Med 2011 Feb; 54(2):136-142
NIOSHTIC No.
20038354
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Local and national surveillance systems are in place that identify occupational deaths. However, due to certain restrictions, they are limited in their ability to accurately count these deaths among adolescent workers. METHODS: In this population-based study, we relied on primary data from the North Carolina medical examiner system to identify and describe all work-related fatalities among North Carolina youth under age 18 between 1990 and 2008. RESULTS: We identified 31 work-related deaths among youth ages 11-17. The majority occurred between 1990 and 1999. Most occurred in construction and agriculture. Vehicles and guns were responsible for the majority of deaths. CONCLUSIONS: Although the prevalence of adolescent work-related fatalities has seen a decline in North Carolina, the 31 deaths we detected signal a failure of the systems in place to prevent young worker fatalities. More remains to be done to protect the lives of adolescent workers.
Keywords
Age-factors; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Children; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Mortality-data; Quantitative-analysis; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-practices; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Author Keywords: work-related fatalities; adolescents; young workers; medical examiner data
Contact
Kimberly J. Rauscher, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Injury Control Research Center, West Virginia University, P.O. Box 9151, Morgantown, WV 26506
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20110101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
krauscher@hsc.wvu.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-009437
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
WV
Performing Organization
West Virginia University
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