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Occupational injury fatalities in New Mexico: 1998-2002.
Moraga-Mchaley-S; Mulloy-KB; Voorhees-R
New Mexico Selected Health Statistics Annual Report for 2002. Santa Fe, NM: The State Center for Health Statistics, Office of New Mexico Vital Records and Health Statistics, June 2004; :S10-S16
Workplace injuries and illnesses remain a significant problem in the United States. A worker is injured every five seconds. It was estimated in 1996 that 11,000 workers were disabled each day due to work-related injuries and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in 2000 that 5,915 workers in private industry died as a result of work related injuries. The National Safety Council estimated in 1996 that on-the-job injuries alone cost society $121 billion. The 1992 combined U.S. economic burden for occupational illnesses and injuries was an estimated $171 billion. In 2002, the New Mexico Department of Health in partnership with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center's Program in Occupational and Environmental Health applied for and received a grant from NIOSH to establish an occupational injury and illnesses surveillance system for the state of New Mexico. The New Mexico Occupational Health Registry (NMOHR) was established to utilize existing data sources in state and federal public health and labor agencies, public and private healthcare provider data, academic institutions, and create a single repository for combining these data into valid, reliable and useful surveillance information. The NMOHR has been designated the official entity to collect and maintain the reportable occupational illness and injury data. The registry is authorized to access all records of physicians and surgeons, hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, and all other facilities, individuals or agencies providing such services to patients that would identify or establish the characteristics or outcome of occupationally-related illnesses and injuries. The NMOHR has been participating in the development and pilot testing of a set of occupational health indicators being developed in a collaborative effort between CSTE, NIOSH and federally funded states conducting occupational health surveillance. Criteria for selection of indicators included: 1) the availability of easily attainable state-wide data; 2) the public health importance of the occupational health effect or exposure to be measured; and 3) the potential for workplace intervention activities. The current characterization of occupational fatality in New Mexico arose from the indicator project, which revealed a rate on par with the national rate for occupational fatality for the year 2000. Furthermore, the proportion of workers in high-risk occupations and industries was higher in New Mexico than for the majority of other states participating in the indicators project.
Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices; Worker-health; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-diseases; Occupational-health; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-health-services; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Surveillance-programs; Statistical-analysis; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Morbidity-rates
Research Tools and Approaches: Surveillance Research Methods
New Mexico Selected Health Statistics Annual Report for 2002