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Work-RISQS-A web-based injury research tool.

Jackson LL
NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2003 Oct; :77-78
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has developed a public web-based Work-Related Injury Statistics Query System (Work-RISQS; <a href=""target="_blank"></a>) for researchers and other data users. Through user-defined queries, Work-RISQS provides estimates of the number and rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments (ED). Work-RISQS data are collected through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) by using a national probability sample of US. hospitals. Work-RISQS provides overall and sub-population estimates in 1999, among workers of all ages there were 3.9 +/- 0.8* million ED-treated injuries/illnesses and a rate of 3.0 +/- 0.6 incidents per 100 full-time equivalent workers (FTE, > 14 years). Men, 15 years and older, incurred 2,489,000 +/- 443,200 injuries/illnesses at a rate of 3.5 +/- 0.7/100 FTE, whereas young men, 15-17 yrs, experienced only 53,300 +/- 12,500 injuries, but had one of the highest rates (6.4 +/- 1.6 injuries/100 FTE). Other query parameter options include the nature of injuries and incident characteristics. For example, drilling down in the leading injury event category of contact with objects (44%; 1,724,700 +/- 368,600) shows that there were 686,000 +/- 159,800 "struck by" injuries; of the "struck by" injuries 200,800 +/- 54,100 were "by a slipping handheld object;" and of the "handheld objects" 112,000 +/- 29,800 were knives and 16,500 +/- 5,400 were hammers. Queries for rarer demographic subgroups or injury circumstances may not yield results because of the limited number of cases within the 67-hospital sample (approximately 50,000/yr) or the lack of detail in the original ED record. Nevertheless, Work-RISQS results are reported singularly or in multiple result cross-tabulations (with confidence intervals) at a surprising level of detail. Work- RISQS can assist in characterizing and monitoring 11 variety of workplace injury issues including aspects of the Healthy People 2010 objectives for reducing the rate of young worker and occupational eye injuries. (* +/- 95% confidence bounds.)
Injuries; Occupational-health; Emergency-shelters; Medical-facilities; Sampling; Demographic-characteristics; Age-factors; Eye-injuries
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