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Document ID (ISN)111726
CIS number 11-0412
ISSN - Serial title 1545-9624 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lombardi D.A., Matz S., Brennan M.J., Smith G.S., Courtney T.K.
Title Etiology of work-related electrical injuries: A narrative analysis of workers' compensation claims
Bibliographic information Oct. 2009, Vol.6, p.612-623. Illus. 21 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to provide new insight into the aetiology of nonfatal, work-related electrical injuries. A multistage, case-selection algorithm was developed to identify electrical-related injuries from workers' compensation claims and a customized coding taxonomy to identify pre-injury circumstances. Workers' compensation claims routinely collected over a 1-year period from a large United States insurance provider were used to identify electrical-related injuries using an algorithm that evaluated injury cause information, nature of injury, accident description and injury description narratives. Concurrently, a customized coding taxonomy for these narratives was developed to abstract the activity, source, initiating process, mechanism, vector and voltage. Among the 586,567 reported claims during 2002, electrical-related injuries accounted for 1283 (0.22%) of nonfatal claims. Data on these accidents are broken down by sex, age, sector of activity, body part injured, type of activity and source of electricity.
Descriptors (primary) USA; injuries; occupational accidents; risk factors; electrical accidents
Descriptors (secondary) electricity; aetiology; location of injury; analysis of accident causes; role of insurance institutions; compensation of occupational accidents
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Electricity
Broad subject area(s) Electrical safety
Browse category(ies) Electricity
Workers' compensation