Occupational injury mortality: New Mexico 1998-2002.
Mulloy-KB; Moraga-McHaley-S; Crandall-C; Kesler-DO
Am J Ind Med 2007 Dec; 50(12):910-920
BACKGROUND: The current study characterizes patterns of occupational injury fatalities in New Mexico for the 5-year period 1998-2002. METHODS: The study applied methods developed by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CSTE/NIOSH) Occupational Health Indicator Work Group and compared the relative strength and weakness of two different datasets (CFOI and NMVRHS) for occupational injury fatality surveillance. RESULTS: Annual occupational injury mortality rates ranged from 4.4 to 7.6 per 100,000 employed persons aged 16 and over compared to annual US rates of 4.0-4.6 per 100,000. Risk factors for higher mortality rates included age over 65 years, self-employment, non-US citizenship, being African-American or Hispanic, and occurrence in rural counties. The top industry for fatality rate was mining followed by transportation, public utilities, agriculture, and construction. CONCLUSIONS: Applying CSTE/NIOSH Occupational Health Indicator protocol and using both CFOI and NMVRHS data improved the characterization of occupational injury mortality and the setting of priorities for prevention intervention.
Worker-health; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Occupational-health; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Surveillance-programs; Statistical-analysis; Mine-workers; Transportation-workers; Agricultural-workers; Construction-workers
Karen B. Mulloy, Denver Health Occupational Health and Safety, 605 Bannock Street, MC 1423, Denver, CO 80204-4507
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque