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Fatal occupational injuries in Massachusetts, 2000-2007.

Authors
Grattan-K; Fiore-M; Laing-J; Davis-LK; Bekele-T; Areche-A
Source
Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2009 Jan; :1-49
NIOSHTIC No.
20042886
Abstract
Work-related fatalities are a significant public health problem in Massachusetts, as they are in the United States. Information about the occupations, industries and circumstances in which these fatalities occur is essential to guide efforts to prevent future fatalities. Since 1991, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has collected information on all fatal occupational injuries in the Commonwealth as part of the national Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, conducted in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Public Health also conducts on-site investigations of fatalities with the aim of identifying workplace factors that increase the risk of fatal injury. This report provides a comprehensive summary of fatal occupational injuries in Massachusetts during 2000-2007. It includes a comparison of the occupational fatality experience in Massachusetts during this time with that of the nation as a whole as well as with the Massachusetts findings for the previous surveillance period (1991-1999). It also includes more detailed information on one specific topic: falls to lower levels in construction. Findings are intended to guide the many stakeholders - government agencies, employers, unions, safety professionals, advocacy organizations, researchers, job trainers, and equipment design engineers - all of whom have important roles to play in preventing fatal injuries at work.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Fall-protection; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Surveillance-programs; Statistical-analysis; Information-systems; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Ladders; Roofers; Scaffolds; Height-factors
Contact
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau for Health Information, Statistics, Research and Evaluation, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
Publication Date
20090101
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008490
Source Name
Fatal occupational injuries in Massachusetts, 2000-2007
State
MA
Performing Organization
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health - Boston
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