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Occupational injuries among construction workers treated at the George Washington University emergency department, 1990-97.

Hunting KL; Anderson Murawski J; Welch LS
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 2004 Jan; :1-130
To learn more about the causes of nonfatal injuries affecting construction workers, and in order to identify injury patterns for further investigations and prevention programs, an injury tracking program was established in 1990. The program was motivated, in part, by the high rate of nonfatal injuries in the construction industry and a lack of specific information that describes the causes of these injuries. Each week from November 1990 through December 1998, a member of the research team reviewed all of the hospital registration forms at the George Washington University (GWU) Emergency Department in Washington, D.C. The demographic and injury information for patients listing a construction occupation was copied onto a standardized form. All personal information was kept confidential. This report profiles the first seven years of injury tracking, from November 1, 1990 through October 31, 1997. During this period, 2,637 construction workers visited the emergency room a total of 2,916 times. Each injured worker was categorized into one of 16 groups by trade (occupation). The information on demographics, cause of injury, diagnosis, and injured body part was grouped into categories in order to examine injury patterns. Although 279 workers visited the emergency room more than once in the seven years studied, the focus of this report is on each injury case. Thus, this report refers to "2,916 injured workers." The introductory section of this chart book details the background and methods of this research project. Along with charts that provide an overview of demographics and injuries of the inured workers, charts cover the 105 workers who were admitted to the hospital and their injuries. Trade-specific charts follow, with accompanying text that draws attention to any trade-specific injury trends and recommends ways to reduce injuries in each trade. The inside back cover provides a guide to interpreting the charts. The results of follow-up with injured workers and their families to determine short- and long-term effects of the injuries are reported elsewhere.
Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Injuries; Emergency-care; Emergency-treatment; Injury-prevention; Surveillance-programs; Information-retrieval-systems; Data-processing; Demographic-characteristics; Job-analysis; Health-care; Health-care-facilities; Medical-care; Medical-facilities; Medical-treatment
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Cooperative Agreement; Construction
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Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-306169; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U02-CCU-312014; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-317202
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Occupational Injuries among Construction Workers Treated at the George Washington University Emergency Department, 1990-97
Performing Organization
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, Washington, DC
Page last reviewed: March 18, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division