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Hospitalized nonfatal injuries in the Alaskan construction industry.
Husberg BJ; Fosbroke DE; Conway GA; Mode NA
Am J Ind Med 2005 May; 47(5):428-433
Construction industry workers are exposed to many hazards leading to fatal and nonfatal injuries. Information for nonfatal work-related injury surveillance may be vague and come from a variety of sources. The Alaska Trauma Registry (ATR) is used as an injury surveillance tool to focus on hospitalized nonfatal injuries in the Alaskan construction industry. During 1991-1999, 717 workers in the Alaskan construction industry were hospitalized due to occupational injuries, with an average annual injury rate of 0.39 injuries/100 workers. Leading causes of injury included falls (48%) and machinery (15%). Thirty-four percent of the falls were from a building or structure, followed by falls from a ladder (24%). A fractured bone was the most common type of injury (57%). Information on hospitalized patients from the ATR focuses on the more severe and debilitating injuries, and provides valuable information for prioritizing injury prevention efforts in Alaska.
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Injury-prevention; Epidemiology; Safety-research; Construction-equipment; Machine-operators; Region-10; Surveillance-programs; Author Keywords: epidemiology; injuries; construction safety; injury prevention; safety; nonfatal injuries
Bradley J. Husberg, CDC/NIOSH/AFS, 4230 University Drive, Suite #310, Anchorage, AK 99508
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division