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Injuries to health workers are common but safety checks are rare, report finds

Comment / News: Healthcare workers suffer more of certain types of injury than workers in any other sector in the United States, including manufacturing and construction, but federal safety inspections are rare, a report has found.The report was prepared by Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. According to the paper, healthcare employers reported nearly 654 000 workplace injuries in 2010, the year for which the most recent comprehensive data were available, 152 000 more than the industry with the next highest number of reports—manufacturing. Because of the size of the healthcare sector, the overall rate of injuries and illnesses per worker was less than for workers in many other industries. The full report may be found at:

Source : McCarthy M. BMJ 2013; 347: f4701.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4701

Nonwage losses associated with occupational injury among health care workers

OBJECTIVE: To examine nonwage losses after occupational injury among health care workers and the factors associated with the magnitude of these losses. METHODS: Inception cohort of workers filing an occupational injury claim in a Canadian province. Worker self-reports were used to calculate (1) the nonwage economic losses in 2010 Canadian dollars, and (2) the number of quality-adjusted days of life lost on the basis of the EuroQOL Index. RESULTS: Most workers (84%; n = 123) had musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs). Each MSI resulted in nonwage economic losses of Can$3131 (95% confidence interval, Can$3035 to Can$3226), lost wages of Can$5286, and 7.9 quality-adjusted days of life lost within 12 weeks after injury. Losses varied with type of injury, region of the province, and occupation. Non-MSIs were associated with smaller losses. CONCLUSIONS: These estimates of nonwage losses should be considered in workers' injury compensation policies and in economic evaluation studies.

Source : Guzman J, Ibrahimova A, Tompa E, Koehoorn M, Alamgir H. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, August 2013, Vol. 55, no 8, p 910–916

Pourquoi les jeunes ont trois fois plus d’accidents du travail que leurs ainés

S’il est généralement admis que les jeunes ont des conditions d’emploi précaires, les statistiques disponibles montrent qu’ils sont également bien plus exposés que leurs aînés aux accidents du travail. Et que des liens entre ces deux situations existent. Etat des lieux.
Sous l’effet des politiques de maintien dans l’emploi mises en œuvre ces dernières années en France, la situation des seniors est maintenant bien documentée. Celle des jeunes travailleurs - et notamment de leur exposition aux risques - l’est moins.  Or les statistiques disponibles sont préoccupantes. Des travaux de l’INSEE indiquent qu’en France, à durée d’exposition égale, les salariés de moins de 20 ans ont trois fois plus d’accidents du travail que ceux de 50 à 59 ans. Ceux de 20 à 29 ans, deux fois plus. En revanche, les jeunes sont moins touchés par les maladies professionnelles.

Source . http://www.anact.fr/web/actualite/essentiel?p_thingIdToShow=33953605

Fatal injury statistics - HSE

Summary for 2012/13
The information in this document relates to the latest 'full-year'; statistics on fatal injuries in the workplace, for 2012/13.

  • The provisional figure for the number of workers fatally injured in 2012/13 is 148, and corresponds to a rate of fatal injury of 0.5 deaths per 100 000 workers.
  • The figure of 148 worker deaths in 2012/13 is 18% lower than the average for the past five years (181). The latest rate of fatal injury of 0.5 compares to the five-year average rate of 0.6.
  • The finalised figure for 2011/12 is 172 worker fatalities, and corresponds to a rate of 0.6 deaths per 100 000 workers.
  • Fatal injuries are subject to chance variation, fluctuating year-on-year, therefore it is necessary to look at trends over a number of years. When the 2012/13 data is added to the time series, the latest five years indicates a levelling-off, with no overall trend.
  • There were 113 members of the public fatally injured in accidents connected to work in 2012/13 (excluding railways-related incidents).

Source : http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/fatals.htm?eban=rss-

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