Hospitalized occupational finger amputations, New Jersey, 1985 and 1986.
Sorock-GS; Smith-E; Hall-N
Am J Ind Med 1993 Mar; 23(3):439-447
This report was based on data taken from an evaluation of the usefulness of hospital discharge data for analyzing nonfatal injuries occurring on the job. Potential risk factors for work related finger amputations requiring hospitalization in New Jersey were examined. The data for the study were taken from 2 years of statewide hospital discharge data from each of 105 acute care hospitals and the second data source was telephone interviews with the subset of 134 persons, identified from the discharge data set, who had a finger or thumb amputation. The male rate for finger amputation was 7.7 times greater than the female rate and was highest at the youngest age group of 16 to 24 years. Blacks and Hispanics had significantly elevated age adjusted rates of finger amputations at work compared to whites, regardless of gender. When asked what steps had been taken at their worksite to prevent future similar accidents, 60% of those interviewed indicated that no actions were taken, 12 persons indicated that safety guards had been added, and 12 persons indicated that unsafe machines had been removed.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-analysis; Hand-injuries; Accident-prevention; Accident-statistics; Sex-factors; Information-processing; Information-retrieval-systems; Racial-factors; Occupational-accidents
State Dept of Health NJ State Dept of Health Div of Occupation & Envir Hlth Trenton, NJ 08625
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
New Jersey State Dept of Health, Trenton, New Jersey