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Archer P; Samuel E
Injury Free Oklahoma 2010-2015: Strategic Plan for Injury and Violence Prevention. Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma State Department of Health, 2009 Oct; :13-17
In Oklahoma, approximately 100 occupational injury deaths are reported each year to the Injury Prevention Service. Transportation incidents account for the highest number of deaths, followed by agriculture-related deaths. From January 1, 1998 to December 31, 2007, 1,122 workers in Oklahoma lost their lives to work-related deaths - an average of 112 deaths per year. Historically, Oklahoma's annual death rate has been higher than the national average. Twenty-four percent of deaths occurred among workers between 35 and 44 years of age, and 20% of deaths were among those 45 to 54 years of age. Ninety-three percent of all work-related deaths were among males. Sixty-nine percent of work-related incidents occurred between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., with the highest occurrences between noon and 4:00 p.m. The leading causes of work-related deaths included motor vehicle crashes (37%), machinery (16%), and falls from elevation (12%). Truck driving/delivery was the occupation resulting in the greatest number of fatalities (24%), followed by farming/ranching (17%), and construction (10%). Workers who were involved in fatal injuries most frequently suffered multiple traumatic injuries (35%). Traumatic head injuries accounted for 21% of fatalities and traumatic chest injuries accounted for 7%. Occupational health indicator data revealed that Oklahoma rates were higher than national rates for the following work-related conditions: hospitalizations, amputations, and pesticide-associated illnesses/injuries reported to poison control centers. Work-related rates were lower in Oklahoma than the United States for hospitalized burn injuries, pneumoconiosis and malignant mesothelioma as well as for elevated blood lead levels.
Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Burns; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Transportation-industry; Transportation-workers; Age-factors; Sex-factors; Motor-vehicles; Machine-operation; Truck-drivers; Head-injuries; Pneumoconiosis; Surveillance-programs
Injury Prevention Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
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Cooperative Agreement
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Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-613938; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008342
Source Name
Injury Free Oklahoma 2010-2015: Strategic Plan for Injury and Violence Prevention
Performing Organization
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Page last reviewed: March 18, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division