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Years of potential life lost in the National Traumatic Occupational Fatality database.

Gilbert-SJ; Bailer-AJ; Stayner-LT
NOIRS 2000--Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA, October 17-19. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2000 Oct; :10
Years of potential life lost (YPLL) may be a more meaningful and intuitive measure of the impact of occupational fatalities than traditional measure such as SMRs and rate ratios. We examine the YPLL for different industries, occupations, and causes of death over the years 1980 to 1995 using the National Traumatic Occupational Fatality Database (NTOF). The number of deaths, total YPLL, and average YPLL are calculated for different combinations of industry, occupation, and cause of death. The industries of Public Administration, Mining, and Construction have the highest average YPLL per death among those classified, with Public Administration and Mining losing a potential of at least 39 years per fatal injury. Construction makes the largest contribution to the total YPLL accounting for over 18 percent of the total YPLL for all industries. We also compare YPLLs over time for other causes of death such as suicide, motor vehicles, falls, and those struck by falling objects. A comparison of YPLL by cause of death may help target intervention strategies designed to prevent occupational fatal injuries in different industries.
Accidents; Accident-prevention; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Injury-prevention; Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Mortality-surveys; Construction-industry; Mining-industry
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NOIRS 2000 Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2000, Pittsburgh, PA., October 17-19, 2000