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Fatal occupational injuries in the New Jersey construction industry, 1983 to 1989.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8229344     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Work in the construction industry involves about a threefold increased risk of fatal injury compared with all industries combined. The purpose of this study was to identify potential risk factors for fatal injury in the construction industry in New Jersey. Multiple data sources including death certificates, medical examiner reports, Occupational Safety and Health fatality files, and Workers' Compensation reports were used to identify 200 construction-related fatalities in New Jersey during the years 1983 to 1989. All deaths were in men. The death rate was 14.5 per 100,000 employed person-years over the study period. Death rates tended to diminish with increasing age after 34 until age 65 when the death rate was the highest (27.7). Death rates were higher for Hispanics (34.8) and African-Americans (24) than whites (10.6). Ironworkers and roofers had highest rates (109.0 and 56.2, respectively) among specific occupational groups within the construction industry. The leading cause of death was falls (46%). These data suggest that intervention efforts directed toward workers at heights is needed. Further research is warranted to elucidate the factors contributing to the elevated fatality rate of workers over age 65, and to Hispanic and African-American workers.
G S Sorock; E O Smith; M Goldoft
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational medicine. : official publication of the Industrial Medical Association     Volume:  35     ISSN:  0096-1736     ISO Abbreviation:  J Occup Med     Publication Date:  1993 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-12-17     Completed Date:  1993-12-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502807     Medline TA:  J Occup Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  916-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Occupational and Environmental Health Service, New Jersey Department of Health, Trenton 08625-0360.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational / mortality*
Cause of Death
Cross-Sectional Studies
Electric Injuries / mortality
Facility Design and Construction
Middle Aged
New Jersey / epidemiology
Population Surveillance
Risk Factors
Wounds and Injuries / mortality*

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