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Non-fatal workplace violence injuries in the United States 2003-2004: a follow back study.

Authors
Hartley-D; Doman-B; Hendricks-SA; Jenkins-EL
Source
Work 2012 May; 42(1):125-135
NIOSHTIC No.
20041111
Abstract
Objective: Contribute to the prevention of workplace violence by providing information about the nature and circumstances of nonfatal assaults among U.S. workers. Methods: Data were collected from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System occupational supplement (NEISS-Work), a stratified probability sample of U.S. hospitals. Workplace violence victims identified from NEISS-Work voluntarily completed a followback interview detailing the nature and circumstances surrounding their workplace violence incident. Results: The majority of workplace violence injuries treated in emergency departments resulted from simple assaults that did not involve any lost time from work. Almost two-thirds of these workplace violence victims filed only an internal report. Eighty percent of the victims returned to their same jobs and will not change the way they do their jobs as a result of the violent incident. Conclusions: Nonfatal workplace violence is an important risk for U.S. workers, particularly in some occupations and industries. Prevention strategies need to be tailored by occupation and work environment. Results from the healthcare section of this survey indicate high numbers of incidents during times when the healthcare workers were assisting patients with medical and non-medical needs.
Keywords
Workers; Work-environment; Worker-health; Injuries; Accidents; Surveillance-programs; Statistical-analysis; Risk-factors; Physiological-factors; Physiological-stress; Health-care; Health-care-personnel; Author Keywords: NEISS-work; hospital emergency department; injury surveillance; healthcare workers
Contact
Dan Hartley, Analysis and Field Evaluations Branch, Division of Safety Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Road, M/S 1811, Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
WORKFK
Publication Date
20120501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
DHartley@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B07182012
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1051-9815
NIOSH Division
DSR
Source Name
Work
State
WV; GA
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