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Fatal and non-fatal injuries from vessels under air pressure in construction.
Welch LS; Weeks J; Hunting KL
J Occup Environ Med 1999 Feb; 41(2):100-103
Using a surveillance system that captures data on construction workers treated in an urban emergency department, we identified a series of injuries caused by vessels and tools under air pressure. We describe those six cases, as well as similar cases found in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries; we also review data from the National Surveillance for Traumatic Occupational Fatalities database and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among the injuries and deaths for which we had good case descriptions, the majority would have been prevented by adherence to existing Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards in the construction industry.
Construction-workers; Accident-analysis; Accident-statistics; Accident-rates; Accidents; Surveillance-programs; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-prevention
Laura S. Welch, MD, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Washington Hospital Center, 110 Irving Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Issue of Publication
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Center to Protect Workers' Rights, Washington, DC
Page last reviewed: September 22, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division