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Factors contributing to construction injury at Denver International Airport.
Glazner-J; Bondy-J; Lezotte-DC; Lipscomb-H; Guarini-K
Am J Ind Med 2005 Jan; 47(1):27-36
Background: Detailed information about factors contributing to construction injury is important to support design of safety programs directed at particular risks. Methods: We linked over 4,000 injury reports, including text describing injury events, with an administrative workers' compensation (WC) database, and, using Haddon's matrix as a framework, classified factors contributing to injury during construction of Denver International Airport (DIA). Results: Patterns of contributing factors varied according to injury mechanism and type of work: environmental factors contributed more than any other factor to slip/trip injuries, and building materials contributed to more than 40% of injuries to workers in carpentry, concrete construction, glass installation, and roofing. Rates at which factors contributed to injury also varied among types of work: environmental factors contributed at relatively high rates to injuries in glass installation, metal/steel installation and iron/steel erection 2 stories, and victim factors contributed at high rates to conduit construction and metal/steel installation injuries. WC payment rates for different factors varied widely, ranging from $0.53/$100 payroll to $3.08/$100. Discussion: This approach allows systematic analysis of classes of injuries, contributing factors, types of work, and other variables to assist in setting prevention priorities.
Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Injuries; Accident-analysis; Accidents; Accident-statistics; Accident-rates; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Author Keywords: construction injury; injury etiology; text analysis; injury mechanisms; types of construction work; workers compensation payments
Judith Glazner, Department of Preventive Medicine, C ampus Box B119, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 4200 E. Ninth Ave., Denver, CO 80262
Issue of Publication
Research Tools and Approaches: Surveillance Research Methods
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division