Trends in the disproportionate burden of work-related traumatic injuries sustained by Latinos.
Sears-JM; Bowman-SM; Silverstein-BA
J Occup Environ Med 2012 Oct; 54(10):1239-1245
OBJECTIVE: Disproportionate occupational injury rates for Latinos are well documented, but there is limited information about whether disparity is increasing over time. This study describes trends in the burden of work-related traumatic injuries sustained by Latinos in Washington State. METHODS: Washington State Trauma Registry data from 1998 to 2008 were used to model annual change in the odds that a work-related traumatic injury was sustained by a Latino, controlling for demographics, injury-related factors, and Latino representation in the underlying labor force. RESULTS: We found a 5% mean annual increase in the odds that a comparable work-related traumatic injury was sustained by a Latino (P = 0.007). Falls in industrial/mine/quarry locations were the strongest contributor to increasing disparity. CONCLUSIONS: Latinos bear an increasingly disproportionate burden of occupational injuries and are less likely to have health insurance coverage aside from workers' compensation.
Injuries; Sociological-factors; Humans; Men; Women; Traumatic-injuries; Models; Demographic-characteristics; Fall-protection; Statistical-analysis; Biological-factors; Epidemiology; Biological-factors; Age-groups
Jeanne M. Sears, PhD, MS, RN, Department of Health Services, University of Washington, Box 354809, Seattle, WA 98195
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of Washington, Seattle