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Traumatic injury rates in meatpacking plant workers.
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PMID:  19042688     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This was a 3-year retrospective cohort study of traumatic injuries in a midwestern pork meatpacking plant. Based on n = 5410 workers, this was a diverse workforce: Caucasian (56.6%), Hispanic (38.9%), African American (2.7%), Asian (1.1%) and Native American (0.8%). There were n = 1655 employees with traumatic injuries during this period. At 6 months of employment, the probability of injury was 33% in the harvest workers who were responsible for slaughter operations. The overall incidence injury rate was 22.76 per 100 full-time employees per year. Women experienced a higher incidence for injury than men. The risk ratio (RR) for traumatic injury was significantly lower in Hispanic workers compared to Caucasians (RR = 0.54, 95% CI = 0.49-0.60) and nonsignificantly higher in African American and Native American workers after adjusting for age, gender, work section assignment, and experience (RR = 1.33, 95% CI = 1.21-1.47). These findings suggest that either Hispanics are very safe employees or they underreport injuries. We make the case for the latter in the discussion.
Kennith Culp; Mary Brooks; Kerri Rupe; Craig Zwerling
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of agromedicine     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1059-924X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Agromedicine     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-01     Completed Date:  2008-12-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9421530     Medline TA:  J Agromedicine     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7-16     Citation Subset:  IM    
Occupational Health Nursing, College of Nursing, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52241, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data*
Age Distribution
Cohort Studies
Emigrants and Immigrants / statistics & numerical data*
Ethnic Groups / statistics & numerical data*
Food Packaging* / methods
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Risk Assessment
Risk Factors
Sex Distribution
Trauma Severity Indices
Wounds and Injuries / ethnology,  pathology*
Young Adult

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