Assessing data sources for state-level occupational fatality rates: Oregon, 2003-2007.
Hammond-TR; Rischitelli-G; Zoller-E
Am J Ind Med 2012 Apr; 55(4):332-343
Background: This study assesses state-level data sources for numerators and denominators in occupational fatality rates. Data from Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation, 2003-2007, are used to assess numerators, and to produce fatality rates using different data sources for denominators. Methods: Data sources for state-level occupational fatalities and the employed population are described. A statistical test for interrater reliability is applied in the comparison to Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data. Odds ratios are calculated in the presentation of incident rates by age. Results: Comparison of occupational fatality data sources demonstrates substantial differences. Acquiring appropriate state-level denominator data are limited, particularly for stratified groups. Conclusions: Although not decisive, occupational fatality rates may help confirm areas of concern to guide necessary field work. This assessment of data sources and identification of several priority areas of concern in Oregon may help state researchers direct their own efforts to target priorities for effective interventions.
Surveillance-programs; Information-retrieval-systems; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Data-processing; Quality-control; Qualitative-analysis; Employees; Statistical-analysis; Statistical-quality-control;
Author Keywords: occupational fatality rates; numerator data; denominator data; risk assessment; state-level epidemiology; United States population surveys
Terry R. Hammond, MPH, 7624 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-021204; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008472; B03282012
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Oregon Department of Human Services