Occupational fatalities in Alaska: two decades of progress, 1990-1999 and 2000-2009.
Lincoln-JM; O'Conner-MB; Retzer-KD; Hill-RD; Teske-TD; Woodward-CC; Lucas-DL; Somervell-PD; Burton-JT; Mode-NA; Husberg-BJ; Conway-GA
J Saf Res 2013 Feb; 44(Special Issue):105-110
Introduction: Alaska had the highest work-related fatality rate of any state during 1980-1989. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health established the Alaska Field Station (AFS) to address this problem. Methods: AFS established surveillance systems to provide scientific assessments of occupational hazards. Interventions were developed in collaboration with partners and evaluated. Results: During 2000-2009, Alaska experienced a 42.5% decline in work-related fatalities over the previous decade of 1990-1999. In 2009, the workplace fatality rate for Alaska was 5.6/100,000 workers. Commercial pilot deaths were reduced by 50% and Bering Sea crab fishing death rates were reduced by 60%. Building on this success, AFS established national programs to improve safety in the commercial fishing and oil and gas extraction industries. Impact on Industry: A focused, epidemiological approach to reducing fatalities in high-risk occupations is effective. Ongoing commitment to this type of approach will assist in continued success in Alaska and elsewhere.
Mortality-rates; Morbidity-rates; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Hazards; Workers; Work-environment; Physiological-factors; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-factors; Environmental-hazards; Surveillance-programs; Pilots; Fishing-industry; Oil-industry; Gas-industry; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Risk-factors;
Author Keywords: Injury surveillance; Commercial fishing; Drowning prevention; Aviation safety; Oil and gas
J. M. Lincoln, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Alaska Pacific Office 4230 University Drive, Suite 310 Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Issue of Publication
Journal of Safety Research