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Work-related injuries--Alaska, 2001--2010.

Hull-Jilly-D; O'Connor-M
State Alsk Epidemiol Bull, No. 13, 2012 Jul; :1
From 2001-2010, fatal work-related injuries occurred most frequently among commercial fishermen, fishing vessel captains, and pilots. Non-fatal work-related injuries occurred most often among construction workers, commercial fishermen, drivers, and food processors. These occupations are associated with increased injury risk due to hazardous environments, precipitating events (e.g., falls, submersions), and the occurrence of injuries far from a trauma facility. In Alaska, fatal injury prevention efforts for the aviation and commercial fishing industries have been successful; however, more work remains to prevent aircraft crashes at remote takeoff/landing sites and to prevent drownings due to skiff capsizings. Drowning prevention efforts should include increasing the use of personal flotation devices while fishermen are on deck. Non-fatal injury prevention efforts should focus on preventing falls and increasing the routine use of fall prevention equipment (e.g., harnesses), particularly in the construction industry. Nationally, in 2009, falls caused 14% of all accidental deaths and an estimated 212,760 serious injuries. Fall prevention in the construction industry is currently a focus of a major national campaign lead by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( for posters, training materials, and more information). Finally, additional work is needed to better understand Alaska-specific occupational fall injury risk factors.
Traumatic-injuries; Mortality-surveys; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accident-rates; Accident-statistics; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Fishing-industry; Fall-protection; Construction-industry; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Training
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McLaughlin-J; Castrodale-L
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State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, No. 13