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Perspectives in disease prevention and health promotion fatal occupational injuries - Texas, 1982.
Suarez-L; Carroll-WD; Barrington-WE; Alexander-CE
MMWR 1985 Mar; 34(10):130-134
Data on fatal occupational injuries occurring in Texas in 1982 is reported. A review of Texas death certificates yields a total of 710 deaths associated with occupational injuries in 1982. Among the leading causes of death were: motor vehicle associated injuries, at 22.3 percent of total injuries; machinery and tool related injuries, at 14.8 percent; homicide and firearm injuries, at 13.9 percent; falls, at 11.8 percent; and electrocutions, at 10.6 percent. Industrial categories with the highest rates of fatal injury are: mining, including crude petroleum and natural gas production; agriculture; construction; transportation, communications, public utilities; personal services; business and repair services; public administration; retail trade; and wholesale trade. Occupations with the highest risk are: airplane pilots and navigators; oil well drifters; construction laborers; heavy truck driver; material moving operating engineers; farmers; police and detectives; and electricians. A major impediment to the surveillance of work related deaths is the absence of routinely coded occupation and industry information on death certificates in 22 states, including Texas. The authors conclude that a periodic review of death certificates provides an accurate and easily accessible approach to the surveillance of deaths caused by occupational injuries.
NIOSH-Author; Safety-research; Accident-analysis; Occupational-accidents; Mortality-surveys; Quantitative-analysis; Risk-analysis; Industrial-safety; Equipment-operators; Machine-operation; Analytical-methods
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division