Healthy People 2010 - With Annotations
Note: Unless otherwise noted, data are from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Healthy People 2000 Review, 1998-99.
20-1. Reduce deaths from work-related injuries.
Target setting method: 29 percent improvement.(Better than the best will be used when data are available.)
DNA = Data have not been analyzed. DNC = Data are not collected. DSU = Data are statistically unreliable.
An average of 17 workers die from work-related injuries each day. These deaths are preventable. Public health efforts and resources can be targeted more effectively toward work-related injury prevention efforts, especially in those industries where the risk is greatest.
The NORA traumatic injury team has identified a number of research needs and priorities to address this issue. Specifically, the reduction of work-related injury deaths will require focused efforts to more fully identify and prioritize problems (injury surveillance), quantify and prioritize risk factors (analytic injury research), identify existing or develop new strategies to prevent occupational injuries (prevention and control), implement the most effective injury control measures (communication, dissemination, and technology transfer), and monitor the results of intervention efforts (evaluation). This approach will require the cooperation of many groups and agencies to provide the needed educational and outreach efforts, engineering controls, and enforcement of workplace safety regulations.
Last modified: 15-Mar-2000.