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Fatal occupational injuries in Massachusetts, 2000-2007.

Grattan K; Fiore M; Laing J; Davis LK; Bekele T; Areche A
Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2009 Jan; :1-49
Work-related fatalities are a significant public health problem in Massachusetts, as they are in the United States. Information about the occupations, industries and circumstances in which these fatalities occur is essential to guide efforts to prevent future fatalities. Since 1991, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has collected information on all fatal occupational injuries in the Commonwealth as part of the national Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, conducted in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics in the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Public Health also conducts on-site investigations of fatalities with the aim of identifying workplace factors that increase the risk of fatal injury. This report provides a comprehensive summary of fatal occupational injuries in Massachusetts during 2000-2007. It includes a comparison of the occupational fatality experience in Massachusetts during this time with that of the nation as a whole as well as with the Massachusetts findings for the previous surveillance period (1991-1999). It also includes more detailed information on one specific topic: falls to lower levels in construction. Findings are intended to guide the many stakeholders - government agencies, employers, unions, safety professionals, advocacy organizations, researchers, job trainers, and equipment design engineers - all of whom have important roles to play in preventing fatal injuries at work.
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Fall-protection; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Surveillance-programs; Statistical-analysis; Information-systems; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Ladders; Roofers; Scaffolds; Height-factors
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau for Health Information, Statistics, Research and Evaluation, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
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Fatal occupational injuries in Massachusetts, 2000-2007
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Massachusetts State Department of Public Health - Boston
Page last reviewed: April 1, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division