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NORA Manufacturing Sector Strategic Goals

9278866 - Emerging Problems in Occupational Injury Epidemiology

Start Date: 10/1/1990
End Date: 9/30/2015

Principal Investigator (PI)
Name: Harlan Amandus
Phone: 304-285-5913
Organization: NIOSH
Sub-Unit: DSR
Funded By: NIOSH

Primary Goals Addressed
1.0 2.0 7.0

Secondary Goal Addressed


Attributed to Manufacturing


Project Description

Short Summary

This project provides for the development and pilot testing of new research project concepts, partnerships with industry and labor to support new research efforts, and dissemination of findings from the Division of Safety Research's analytic epidemiology program. This project also provides statistical consultation support to the AFEB and other DSR branches.


This project provides for the planning and pilot testing of risk factor and intervention evaluation research within the Analysis and Field Evaluations Branch. This work includes developing new project concepts, meeting with partners in industry and labor to develop program areas and advancing the current level of epidemiologic and statistical research in the field of occupational injury. Through analyses of various data and projects, sophisticated epidemiologic and statistical methods will be applied to assess the impact of occupational injury prevention strategies. The goal of this project is to develop emerging projects. Projects will be developed through the protocol development stage and at that point the project may be moved to a separate project account and a new project plan developed. Resulting publications will serve to make important advances to various applied and methodological fields in occupational injury research.

This project specifically will develop project protocols for to address the following research objectives:

1) Evaluation of a best practices slips, trips and fall prevention program among high risk industries including food service workers (Aramark and Starbucks Corporation), aircraft and automobile manufacturing (Sikorsky and Toyota corporations), and health care.

2) Evaluation of fleet safety program in companies with large fleets of cars and light trucks (Abbott and Johnson and Johnson pharmaceuticals).

3) Method to assess risk among contract workers (Duke Energy foundation and the ORC consortium of companies).

4) High risk injuries in manufacturing and utility industry (e.g., musculoskeletal injuries, STF injuries, MV injuries, contact with objects, and machine and industrial vehicle related injuries) (Sikorsky and Toyota).

5) High risk populations such as older workers, new hires, and rotation of shifts (Toyota).

This project will provide support for NORA and industry-funded proposal development.

This project also supports statistical consulting to other branches of DSR which is provided by the Analysis and Field Evaluations Branch's 2 doctoral level statisticians and epidemiologists.


This project provides a forum for ongoing outreach to occupational safety and health partners. This project also supports the development of state-of-the-art epidemiologic and statistical methods for occupational injury research. Strategic direction for occupational injury risk factor research as well as intervention evaluation research is developed under the auspices of this project.


1) In Progress: A reanalysis of the RTI evaluation of the NIOSH, FFFIPP using different methods for adjusting for non-response bias. A draft paper was developed in FY09 and should be submitted for publication in FY10.

2) Papers on the evaluation of the FFFIPP were submitted and accepted for publication in FY09 and should be published in FY10 and distributed to the fire service.

3) NIOSH numbered publications on the cost of fatalities from 1992-2002, industry profiles sheets for 2003-2006, and the cost of fatalities from 2003-2006 have been drafted and should be published in FY2010.

4) Paper for publication on tools/methods for injury risk assessment, risk perception, and communication prepared for ORC and Duke Energy Corporation will be submitted for publication in FY10.

5) Guidelines for a best-practices slips, trips, and falls program in health care facilities will completed, printed and disseminated to the health care industry.