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Prevention through Design: a fatal incident from the NIOSH FACE program.
Harris JR; Romano NT; Chester DA
ByDesign 2013 Sep-Dec; 12(3):1,4-6,8-10
In 2010, a total of 4,547 U.S. workers died from occupational injuries [Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2010]. This averages to between 12 and 13 U.S. workers dying as a result of a traumatic injury on the job each day. NIOSH's Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program is designed to identify and study fatal occupational injuries. The FACE program's goal is to prevent occupaional fatalities across the nation by identifying and investigating work situations at high risk for injury and then formulating and disseminating prevention strategies to those who can intervene in the workplace. Investigations conducted through the FACE program allow the identification of factors that contribute to these fatal injuries. This information is used to develop comprehensive recommendations for preventing similar deaths. NIOSH FACE program began in 1982. Participating states voluntarily notify NIOSH of traumatic occupational fatalities resulting from specific causes of death that have included confined spaces, electrocutions, machine-related, falls from elevation and logging. FACE is currently targeting investigations of deaths associated with machinery, falls, energy production, deaths of youths under 18 years of age not covered by child labor hazardous orders and deaths of foreign-born workers. State FACE began in 1989. Currently, nine state health or labor departments have cooperative agreements with NIOSH for conducting surveillance and onsite investigations and for recommending prevention activities at the state level using the FACE model.
Work-environment; Industrial-environment; Hazards; Occupational-hazards; Workers; Mortality-data; Equipment-design; Injury-prevention; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Risk-factors; Surveillance-programs; Explosion; Fuels; Methyl-compounds; Alcohols; Chemical-reactions; Automotive-industry; Motor-vehicles; Storage-facilities; Ventilation; Flammable-gases
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