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Surveillance and prevention of nonfatal work-related injuries in Alaska.

Husberg BJ; Conway GA
NOIRS 2000--Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA, October 17-19, 2000. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2000 Oct; :31
The Alaska Trauma Registry (ATR) has been used as a population based tool for injury surveillance of nonfatal injuries in Alaska since 1991. This paper will cover injury surveillance using the ATR and how that information has been used in community injury prevention projects. To be included in the ATR, patients either have to be admitted to a hospital, transferred from an Emergency Department (ED) to a facility with a higher level of care, or declared dead in the hospital. Data for the ATR is collected retrospectively from medical record charts. Over 150 data elements are collected in the ATR including cause of injury, nature of injury, and body region injured. Currently the ATR has information for 3,230 work-related injuries occurring from January 1991 through December 1997. Commercial fishing (536) and construction (532) led the industry categories for number of occupational injuries. The industry with the highest injury rate was logging with 22.75 injuries per 1,000 workers. The most common causes of injuries in the fishing industry were caused by machinery (177) and falls (127). In the construction industry, different types of falls (263) lead all causes with falls from or out of building (72), fall on or from ladder (50), and fall on or from scaffolding (41). The leading causes in the logging industry were being struck by an object (117) and falls (41). The ATR has assisted us in prioritizing industries and causes for injury prevention. The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association uses ATR information to focus on fishermen alerts and training. The Alaska Injury Prevention Center has begun focusing on fall prevention education in the construction industry. Local timber harvesting groups are beginning to use ATR data for monitoring effectiveness of injury prevention programs.
Accident rates; Accident statistics; Accidents; Accident prevention; Injuries; Traumatic injuries; Mortality data; Mortality rates; Mortality surveys; Injury prevention; Logging workers; Lumber industry; Lumber industry workers; Lumberjacks; Construction industry; Construction workers; Fishing industry; Construction equipment; Surveillance programs
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NOIRS 2000 Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA., October 17-19, 2000
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