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Machine-related work injury in the USA.
Etherton J; Long D
6th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Control, May 12-15, 2002, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Montréal: Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2002 May; :428-429
Machinery safety in the USA can improve during the 21st century if risk reduction measures can be implemented that are the result of meaningful machinery risk assessment team activities. Effective machinery risk reduction is guided by data about injuries that have already occurred on similar machines. The trend in average number of fatalities reported annually for metalwork machinery decreased during the 80's and 90's projecting a straight-line decrease to 5 fatalities per year by 2010. The trend in average number of amputations reported annually for metalworking machinery decreased during the 80's and 90's projecting a straight-decrease to 4000 amputations per year by 2010. The frequency of severe injury during machine maintenance and during normal operation is about the same, but the injury for maintenance tasks is higher when exposure time is considered. Conclusion: In the new century, data collection capabilities must continue to improve order to drive injury reduction activities, especially with regard to injuries during machine maintenance. Data collection on machine-related injuries is not sufficiently geared toward highlighting the task, hazard, and safeguarding provided. Lack of information on these factors limits the precision with which corrective measures can recommended. Data-driven machinery safety activities in the USA will be advanced. Data helps machinery safety practitioners focus on: Goal setting: in areas where protective measures are needed; and measurement against goals to see how effective countermeasures actually are in preventing injuries. Partnering with other North American experts on common machine safety goals is also achieved.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Accident-statistics; Accident-rates; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Machine-operators; Machinists; Equipment-operators; Metal-workers; Metalworking; Metalworking-industry
6th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Control, May 12-15, 2002, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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