Traumatic fatalities at work. American Indians and Alaska Natives, 1980 through 1988.
Sugarman-JR; Stout-N; Layne-LA
J Occup Med 1993 Nov; 35(11):1117-1122
Traumatic occupational fatalities of American Indians and Alaska natives (AI/AN) from 1980 through 1988 were retrospectively investigated by examining death certificates included in the National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities database. There were 274 AI/AN work related deaths in the database for the period. The rate of occupational fatalities of AI/AN for 1980 was calculated using estimates of employed AI/AN from the 1980 Census of Population as the denominator and the number of AI/AN occupational fatalities in 1980 as the numerator. Motor vehicle accidents, machine related injuries, and water transportation incidents accounted for almost half of the occupational fatalities. Seventy five percent of the water transportation deaths were incurred in agriculture, forestry and fishing. Fishing deaths in Alaska accounted for 45% of all water transportation deaths in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industry. Possible limitations of the data were discussed. The authors conclude that occupational injury prevention programs may require a different focus for AI/AN workers.
JOCMA7; NIOSH-Author; Occupational-accidents; Accident-statistics; Age-factors; Sex-factors; Traumatic-injuries; Mortality-rates; Racial-factors; Agricultural-industry; Fishing-industry; Epidemiology
Journal of Occupational Medicine