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Document ID (ISN)112183
CIS number 11-0858
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, No.10, p.612-623. Illus. 21 ref.
Internet access Etiology.pdf [in English]
Abstract Workers' compensation claims routinely collected over a one-year period from a large U.S. insurance provider were used to identify electrical-related injuries. Among the 586,567 reported claims during 2002, electrical-related injuries accounted for 1283 (0.22%) of nonfatal claims and 15 fatalities (1.2% of electrical). Most (72.3%) were male, average age of 36, working in services (33.4%), manufacturing (24.7%), retail trade (17.3%) and construction (7.2%). Body part(s) injured most often were the hands, fingers, or wrist (34.9%); multiple body parts/systems (25.0%); lower/upper arm; elbow; shoulder, and upper extremities (19.2%). The leading activities were conducting manual tasks (55.1%); working with machinery, appliances, or equipment; working with electrical wire; and operating powered or nonpowered hand tools. Primary injury sources were appliances and office equipment (24.4%), wires, cables/cords (18.0%), machines and other equipment (11.8%), fixtures, bulbs and switches (10.4%) and lightning (4.3%). No vector was identified in 85% of cases, and the work process was initiated by others in less than 1% of cases.
Descriptors (primary) USA; compensation of occupational accidents; causes of accidents; electrical accidents
Descriptors (secondary) location of injury; analysis of accident causes; sex-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Electricity
Broad subject area(s) Electrical safety
Browse category(ies) Electricity