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Occupational highway transportation deaths - United States, 2003-2008.

Authors
Green MK; Harrison R; Leinenkugel K; Nguyen CB; Towle M; Schoonover T; Bunn T; Northwood J; Pratt SG; Myers JR
Source
JAMA J Am Med Assoc 2011 Jun; 305(23):2408-2410
NIOSHTIC No.
20038962
Abstract
Highway transportation crashes are the leading cause of fatal injuries in the United States for both workers and the general population (1,2). Prevention of work-related highway transportation deaths, and highway transportation deaths in general, are long-standing public health priorities (1,3). To assess trends and help guide the prevention of occupational highway transportation deaths, CDC analyzed data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) for 2003-2008 (2). A total of 8,173 workers died from highway transportation incidents during 2003-2008, representing 24% of all fatal occupational injuries for the period. The annual average fatality rate for workers was 0.9 highway transportation deaths per 100,000 workers; that rate decreased an average of 2.8% annually during the period. Workers employed in the trucking industry accounted for the greatest number (2,320) and highest rate of highway transportation deaths (19.6 per 100,000 workers). Public health, highway safety, labor, and state agencies; highway designers; and transportation-related associations need to work together to implement effective interventions to reduce the risk for highway transportation deaths for all workers. Employers should adopt, communicate, and enforce safety policies designed to reduce highway transportation deaths (e.g., requiring the use of safety belts in fleet vehicles, restricting cellular telephone use while driving, and allowing for adequate travel time), and ensure these policies are followed by employees.
Keywords
Motor-vehicles; Occupational-accidents; Accident-rates; Accident-statistics; Accidents; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Transportation; Statistical-analysis; Demographic-characteristics; Injuries; Surveillance; Traumatic-injuries; Public-health; Worker-health; Information-retrieval-systems; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-practices; Truck-drivers; Author Keywords: accidents; traffic; death; occupational health; public health; safety; United States
CODEN
JAMAAP
Publication Date
20110615
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jrmyers@cdc.gov
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2011
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008475; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-009842
Issue of Publication
23
ISSN
0098-7484
NIOSH Division
DSR
Priority Area
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Construction
Source Name
Journal of the American Medical Association
State
OR; CA; IA; OK; CO; WA; KY; DC; WV
Performing Organization
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division