The work-related fatal injury study: numbers, rates and trends of work-related fatal injuries in New Zealand 1985-1994

Feyer, Anne-Marie and Langley, John D. and Howard, Maureen and Horsburgh, Simon and Wright, Craig and Alsop, Jonathan and Cryer, Colin (2001) The work-related fatal injury study: numbers, rates and trends of work-related fatal injuries in New Zealand 1985-1994. New Zealand Medical Journal, 114 (1124). pp. 6-10. ISSN 0028-8446. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Aims. To determine the number and rates of work-related fatal injuries by employment status, occupation, industry, age and gender in New Zealand 1985-1994. Methods. Potential cases of work-related injury deaths of persons aged 15-84 years were identified from the national electronic mortality data files. Main exclusions were deaths due to suicide and deaths due to motor vehicle crashes. The circumstances of the deaths of each fatal incident meeting inclusion criteria were then reviewed directly from coronial files to determine work-relatedness. Results. The rate of work-related fatal injury in New Zealand was 5.03/100 000 workers per year for the study period. There was a significant decline in crude rate over the study period. However, this was in substantial part accounted for by changes in occupation and industry mix. Older workers, male workers, self-employed workers, and particular occupational groups, all had substantially elevated rates. Agricultural and helicopter pilots, forestry workers and fishery workers had the highest rates. Farmers, forestry workers, and fishery workers also had high numbers of deaths, together accounting for nearly 40% of all deaths. Conclusions. This study has demonstrated that work-related fatal injury remains a pressing problem for New Zealand. Several areas in urgent need of prevention efforts were highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
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