Traumatic Injury Prevention Program

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Program Description

The mission of the Traumatic Injury Prevention Program is to reduce and prevent work-related injury and death from trauma across all industries. To fulfill this mission, we conduct high-quality research using the public health approach to identify the most compelling risks to workers through: surveillance, analytic epidemiology, and field investigations. We also leverage protective technology and engineering science as a means to improve personal protective equipment, tools, and workspaces to keep workers safe on the job.

The Traumatic Injury Prevention Program is committed to the development of practical solutions to address the complex problems that cause traumatic injuries and deaths among workers. To do this, the Program’s research is focused on:

  • Researching the leading causes of injuries and deaths at work:  falls, on-the-job motor vehicle crashes, workplace violence, and the use of machines and industrial vehicles to perform work duties.
  • Recommending strategies and solutions to reduce risks associated with work-related injury and death from falls, motor vehicle crashes, workplace violence, and machines.
  • Identifying and evaluating ways to reduce traumatic injuries among high-risk jobs and vulnerable worker groups.
  • Addressing emerging issues such as robotics and drug overdoses in the workplace.

The Traumatic Injury Prevention Program supports its aim to reduce worker injury and death through three key research activities:

  • Surveillance to identify and track traumatic injury problems, prioritize research needs, and target prevention efforts.
  • Field research to determine the causes and risk factors for work-related injuries and evaluate the efficacy of interventions, best practice solutions, and emerging technologies.
  • Lab research, in a safe and controlled environment, to examine everything from workplace equipment to human behavior and decision making skills. Learn more about our traumatic occupational injury research labs.

Partnerships with industry, labor, trade associations, professional organizations, other government agencies, and academia are the cornerstone of the Traumatic Injury Prevention Program. It truly is a win-win relationship when we work together to tackle the difficult challenges facing today’s workforce. Our partners contribute to building a safer workforce by providing:

  • Valuable input for setting research priorities through the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA).
  • Specialized expertise to support the research, analysis, interpretation, and communication of results.
  • Access to workplaces for field-based research.
  • A means to putting information into every day practice at the workplace.

We believe the research we conduct and the contributions our partners provide are vital to the implementation of effective, practical prevention measures in the workplace. As a result, each Traumatic Injury Prevention Program project includes a research to practice strategy to promote the transfer and translation of findings into practices, products, and technologies that keep workers safe on the job.

Page last reviewed: November 5, 2019