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Sixth European Working Conditions Survey - Résumé

The sixth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) presents the diverse picture of Europe at work over time across countries, occupations, gender and age groups. The findings underline the complex reality with which Europe’s policymakers are confronted as they seek to build a fair and competitive Europe. The findings draw attention to the range and scope of actions that policy actors could develop to address today’s challenges.

Source: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/resume/2015/working-conditions/first-findings-sixth-european-working-conditions-survey-resume

Statistiques AT-MP 2014 de l'Assurance maladie : les chiffres de la sinistralité

18,6 millions de salariés sont assurés pour leur santé et leur sécurité au travail par l'Assurance Maladie – Risques Professionnels. En 2014, plus de 1,1 million de sinistres (accidents du travail, de trajet et maladies professionnelles) ont été reconnus et pris en charge, dont plus de 750 000 ayant entraîné un arrêt de travail ou une incapacité permanente.
En matière d'accidents du travail, l'année 2014 marque un palier après deux années de baisse consécutive. Toutefois, certaines activités de services comme l'aide et soins à la personne (aide à domicile et hébergement médico-social) connaissent une hausse importante de +6 % de son indice de fréquence1.
Bien que les accidents du travail diminuent ces dernières années dans le BTP, ce dernier secteur reste l'un des plus sinistrés avec un indice de fréquence presque 2 fois supérieur à la moyenne des autres secteurs.
Tous secteurs d'activité confondus, les accidents sont surtout dus à la manutention manuelle et aux chutes de hauteur et de plain-pied.

Source: http://www.actu-environnement.com/media/pdf/news-25644-assurance-maladie-risques-pro.pdf

A descriptive study of farm-related injuries presenting to emergency departments in North Carolina: 2008-2012

Farming is among the most dangerous industries for fatal and nonfatal injuries. A comprehensive agricultural injury surveillance system is absent in North Carolina (NC), and data sets traditionally used to provide estimates of nonfatal farm injuries surveillance in the United States are relatively incomplete. In the absence of a comprehensive farm injury surveillance system, individual local administrative data sources can provide a useful profile of the epidemiology of injuries in a population. The objective of this study was to use emergency department data to help describe the burden of farm-related injuries in NC and explore its usefulness in conducting work-related injury surveillance. Emergency department data from the North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool (NC DETECT) was utilized to identify farm injury cases. The study sample included all farm injury cases for the period of 2008–2012 that contained International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) E code 919.0 (agricultural machinery) or 849.1 (place of occurrence = farm; this E code excludes farm house and home premises of farm). Results indicated that an average of 459 cases of farm injury occurred annually from 2008 to 2012, with no significant change between years. Among the patients, 79.7% were male, 74.7% were between 18 and 64 years old, and 28.1% had no form of insurance coverage. Injuries were more heavily concentrated in the Piedmont and Coastal Plains regions (41.3% and 42.2%, respectively). Of farm-coded incidents, 73.2% were given injury- or poisoning-related primary diagnosis codes, and of these, the most frequent specific codes were related to open wounds of upper limbs (16.2%), contusions (12.0%), and sprains and strains (9.3%). Some significant relationships between diagnoses and sex, region, and age are also identified. Injuries occurring on a farm have been well documented and constitute a significant public health problem. Exploring emergency department data provides an opportunity to better characterize nonfatal farm-related injuries in NC for prevention purposes. The data provided by this study may serve to direct prevention programs, whereas the methods used offer a potential farm-related injury surveillance tool.

Source: Allen DL, Kearney GD, Higgins S. J. Agromed. 2015; 20 (4), p. 398-408.

Fatal Work-Related Injuries

Southeastern United States, 2008-2011
In 2008, the work-related injury fatality rate was 3.8 per 100,000 workers in the United States but was 5.2 per 100,000 workers for the southeast region. Work-related fatalities in the southeast were examined for the period 2008 to 2011. Median work-related injury fatality rates are reported for the southeast region, each of the 12 states, and the United States. The percentages of employees in high fatality industries and work-related fatalities by cause were calculated. Finally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's database was searched for fatality reports. States with the highest rates (per 100,000 workers) included Arkansas (7.2), Louisiana (6.8), and West Virginia (6.6). Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and West Virginia each had more than 20% of their employees in high fatality industries. Forty percent of work-related injury fatalities were from transportation incidents in the southeast and the United States. Future analyses should include work-related injury fatality rates by industry and compare rates with other U.S. regions.

Source: Brinker K, Jacobs T, Shire J, Bunn T, Chalmers J, Dang G, Flammia D, Higgins S, Lackovic M, Lavender A, Lewis JS, Li Y, Harduar Morano L, Porter A, Rauscher K, Slavova S, Watkins S, Zhang L, Funk R. Workplace Health Saf. 2015.

The Cost of Work-related Injury and Illness for Australian Employers, Workers and the Community 2012–13

This report provides an update of the “human cost” of work-related injury and illness to the Australian economy, for the 2012-13 financial year.
The report describes the method and datasets used to estimate the total cost of work-related injury and illness to the Australian employers, workers and the community (the total cost). The scope of “human costs” covers costs related to specific incidents resulting in an injury or illness to employee. The cost estimate does not include the cost to employers of compliance with OH&S legislation and prevention activities.

Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/cost-injury-illness-2012-13

Surveillance for Silicosis

Michigan and New Jersey, 2003-2010
CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), state health departments, and other state entities maintain a state-based surveillance program of confirmed silicosis cases. Data on confirmed cases are collected and compiled by state entities and submitted to CDC. This report summarizes information for cases of silicosis that were reported to CDC for 2003-2010. The data for this report were final as of December 31, 2010. Data are presented in tabular form on the prevalence of silicosis, the number of cases and the distribution of cases by year, industry, occupation, and the duration of occupational exposure to dust containing respirable crystalline silica. The number of cases by year is presented graphically.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6254a6.htm

Health and safety statistics - Annual Report for Great Britain 2014/15

Key figures for Great Britain (2014/15):
- 1.2 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
- 2,538 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2013)
- 142 workers killed at work
- 76,000 other injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
- 611,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
- 27.3 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
- £14.3 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2013/14)

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/index.htm

Improving working conditions in occupations with multiple disadvantages

Occupation is a critical factor in determining the type of working conditions a person will experience during their professional life. This report explores the working conditions of workers – particularly medium-to-low skilled and unskilled – in occupations that are found to have low levels of job quality as measured by four key indicators: earnings, prospects, working time and intrinsic job quality. The knock-on effects of poor job quality and unacceptable working conditions for these workers are significant in terms of psychosocial and physical health, job security, work–life balance, career path and, ultimately, the sustainability of their work. Based on data from the European Working Conditions Survey 2010 and the EU Labour Force Survey 2013, the report presents examples of initiatives, policies and measures across the 28 EU Member States that aim to improve overall working conditions in these disadvantaged occupations.

Source: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/report/2015/working-conditions/improving-working-conditions-in-occupations-with-multiple-disadvantages

Acute Occupational Pesticide-Related Illness and Injury

United States, 2007-2010
CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) collects data on acute pesticide-related illnesses and injuries reported by 11 states (California, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Mexico [2007-2008 only], New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington). This report summarizes data on illnesses and injuries arising from occupational exposure to conventional pesticides during 2007-2010.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6254a2.htm

Work-related traumatic injury fatalities - Australia 2014

The aim of this report is to provide statistics about people who die each year from injuries that arose through work-related activity. This includes fatalities resulting from an injury sustained in the course of a work activity (worker fatality) and as a result of someone else's work activity (bystander fatality).

Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/work-related-traumatic-injury-fatalities-australia-2014

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