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Document ID (ISN)100026
CIS number 02-1222
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sorock G.S., Lombardi D.A., Courtney T.K., Cotnam J.P., Mittleman M.A.
Title Epidemiology of occupational acute traumatic hand injuries: A literature review
Bibliographic information Aug. 2001, Vol.38, No.3, p.241-256. 56 ref.
Abstract In 1996, the leading occupational injury treated in United States' hospital emergency departments was an acute hand injury (e.g. laceration, crush or fracture), affecting 990,000 workers, and representing 30% of all occupational injuries. Cuts and lacerations of the fingers ranked third after back and leg strains in the number of lost workday cases in the USA in 1994. The incidence rate of hand injuries studied in seven manufacturing environments around the world ranged from 4 to 11 per 100 workers per year. Workers aged 24 years or less had the highest risk of hand injury. Men had higher rates of severe hand injury than women. There is only one case-control study of occupational hand injury in the literature, which suggested an important role for both fixed (age) and transient risk factors (doing an unusual task) at the time of the injury. Suggestions are made for further research.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; hand injuries; epidemiology
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; age-linked differences; severity rates; frequency rates; sex-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Epidemiology