Nonfatal occupational injuries from slips, trips, and falls among older workers treated in hospital emergency departments, United States 1998.
Am J Ind Med 2004 Jul; 46(1):32-41
Falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. As the workforce demographics shift to an older population, the dearth of information on occupational falls among older adults must be addressed. A national probability sample of hospital emergency departments (EDs) (National Electronic Injury Surveillance System) was utilized to characterize falls at work. Older workers were found not to be at increased risk of a fall injury, but were more likely than younger workers to be hospitalized post-injury. Same-level falls were the most common type of incident among older workers. Falls from height were more prevalent among men than women. The narrative case descriptions for same-level falls to the floor primarily implicated floor contamination and tripping hazards. Fall prevention programs targeted to older workers must examine extrinsic sources of falls, particularly surface traction, contaminant control, and footwear.
Occupational-accidents; Injuries; Age-factors; Age-groups; Walking-surfaces; Surveillance-programs; Emergency-treatment; Information-retrieval-systems; Accident-analysis; Accident-statistics; Men; Women; Floors;
Author Keywords: occupational injury; slip, trip, and fall; older workers; injury surveillance; hospital emergency departments
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, Mail Stop-1808, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
American Journal of Industrial Medicine