Work-related deaths in Washington State, 1998-2002.
Cohen-MA; Clark-RE; Silverstein-B; Sjostrom-T; Spielholz-P
J Saf Res 2006 Aug; 37(3):307-319
Introduction: In Washington State, 87 workers are killed each year, on average, while in work status. To understand these incidents and to assist in focusing on and development of potential prevention measures, they must be well characterized. Methods: Work-related fatalities between the years 1998 and 2002 are described by the demographics of the victims, types of incidents, the victims' occupations, and industries and location in which they worked. Results: Motor vehicle- and machinery-related incidents accounted for nearly 33% and 14% of the incidents, respectively. Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, and mining (n=87), and construction (n=83) had the most fatalities. Fatality rates per 100,000 workers for these industries were 25.7 and 8.7, respectively, compared to the state-wide average of 3.1 fatalities/100,000 workers. Discussion: These data indicate numerous areas for prevention of work-related traumatic injuries and fatalities.
Accident-prevention; Demographic-characteristics; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Quantitative-analysis; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Traumatic-injuries;
Author Keywords: Work-related fatalities; Injury surveillance system; Injury prevention; Washington State
Randy E. Clark, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program, PO Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504-4330, USA
Journal of Safety Research
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries