Characteristics of occupational burns in Oregon, 2001-2006.
Am J Ind Med 2009 May; 52(5):380-390
BACKGROUND: Occupational burns are known to be a serious public health concern. This article describes work-related burns in Oregon between 2001 and 2006. METHODS: Oregon Workers' Compensation (WC) burn claims were analyzed; data from a commercial insurance carrier (CIC) was used to characterize non-disabling burn claims. To ensure that our primary data source (WC) captures as many burn cases as possible, we compared hospitalized cases to a regional burn center (RBC) and Oregon hospital discharge index (HDI) data. RESULTS: The WC burn injury rate ranged from a high of 1.8 per 10,000 workers in 2001 to a low of 1.4 per 10,000 in 2004. We identified 2,165 accepted burn claims in CIC data, of which 85% were non-disabling. We matched data from a regional burn center to a subset of hospitalized claims from WC data and found an additional 44 cases of occupational hospitalized burns representing a 3% increase in total cases captured. CONCLUSIONS: Occupational burns continue to be a problem for working Oregonians, and the use of additional data sources outside of WC augments our surveillance system.
Biological-effects; Biological-monitoring; Burns; Health-hazards; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Work-areas; Work-environment; Worker-health; Work-operations; Workplace-studies; Work-practices;
Author Keywords: burns; occupational health; surveillance; workers' compensation
Jaime K. Walters, MPH, Oregon Department of Human Services, Public Health Division, Toxicology, Assessment, & Tracking Services, 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 640, Portland, OR 97232
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Oregon Department of Human Services