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Fatal collisions on the road

Fatal collisions on the road and safety and health: Using narrative data from coroners’ files to determine the extent of underestimation of fatal work-related road collisions in the Republic of Ireland (2016).
This report discusses how narrative data from coronial road traffic fatalities (RTF) files were utilised to assess the extent of underestimation of work-related RTFs captured through official road safety and health and safety data collection systems. This research was undertaken by University College Dublin.

Source: http://www.iosh.co.uk/roadfatalities

Malignant Mesothelioma Mortality - United States, 1999–2015

Malignant mesothelioma is a neoplasm associated with occupational and environmental inhalation exposure to asbestos* fibers and other elongate mineral particles (EMPs) (1–3). Patients have a median survival of approximately 1 year from the time of diagnosis (1). The latency period from first causative exposure to malignant mesothelioma development typically ranges from 20 to 40 years but can be as long as 71 years (2,3). Hazardous occupational exposures to asbestos fibers and other EMPs have occurred in a variety of industrial operations, including mining and milling, manufacturing, shipbuilding and repair, and construction (3). Current exposures to commercial asbestos in the United States occur predominantly during maintenance operations and remediation of older buildings containing asbestos (3,4). To update information on malignant mesothelioma mortality (5), CDC analyzed annual multiple cause-of-death records† for 1999–2015, the most recent years for which complete data are available. During 1999–2015, a total of 45,221 deaths with malignant mesothelioma mentioned on the death certificate as the underlying or contributing cause of death were reported in the United States, increasing from 2,479 deaths in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015 (in the same time period the age-adjusted death rates§ decreased from 13.96 per million in 1999 to 10.93 in 2015). Malignant mesothelioma deaths increased for persons aged ≥85 years, both sexes, persons of white, black, and Asian or Pacific Islander race, and all ethnic groups. Despite regulatory actions and the decline in use of asbestos the annual number of malignant mesothelioma deaths remains substantial. The continuing occurrence of malignant mesothelioma deaths underscores the need for maintaining measures to prevent exposure to asbestos fibers and other causative EMPs and for ongoing surveillance to monitor temporal trends.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6608a3.htm?s_cid=mm6608a3_x

Comparative Performance Monitoring Report 18th Edition

The Comparative Performance Monitoring (CPM) reports provide trend analysis on work health and safety and workers' compensation schemes operating in Australia and New Zealand.
Information in the main report and in all its supplementary material is designed to facilitate improving work health and safety, workers' compensation and related service outcomes in Australia and New Zealand schemes through accessible reporting that monitors the comparative performance of jurisdictions over time.
The report also enables benchmarking across jurisdictions and the identification of best practice to support policy making.

Source: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/comparative-performance-monitoring-report-18th-edition-main-report

Measuring and reporting on work health and safety

WHS reporting needs to provide relevant, robust and timely information to inform decisions that influence ongoing business performance.
Poor WHS outcomes can have a detrimental impact on individuals and their families, on the financial, interpersonal and reputational health of a business and, potentially, on the wider community.
This report explores processes for gathering and communicating the WHS performance information that guides the WHS decisions of an organisation's officers.

Source: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Pages/Measuring-and-reporting-on-work-health-and-safety

Estimation du coût des accidents et des problèmes de santé au travail

Une analyse des sources de données européennes
La présente publication constitue le résumé d'un rapport qui présente les résultats d'une enquête relative aux sources de données nationales et internationales sur les coûts des blessures, maladies et décès d'origine professionnelle.
L'objectif était d'évaluer la qualité et la comparabilité de différentes sources en tant que première étape de l'évaluation des coûts des accidents et des problèmes de santé au travail en Europe.
L'enquête a permis de conclure que les données étaient insuffisantes pour déterminer ces coûts de manière exacte. Cependant, des recommandations ont été formulées sur l'utilisation d'estimations afin de combler le manque de données.

Source: https://osha.europa.eu/fr/tools-and-publications/publications/estimating-cost-work-related-accidents-and-ill-health-analysis/view

Workplace Accidents and Workplace Safety: On Under-reporting and Temporary Jobs

Statistics on workplace accidents do not always reflect workplace safety because workers under-report for fear of job-loss if they report having had an accident. Based on an analysis of fatal and non-fatal workplace accidents and road accidents in 15 EU-countries over the period 1995–2012, we conclude that there seems to be cyclical fluctuations in reporting of non-fatal workplace accidents. Workers are less likely to report a workplace accident when unemployment is high. Furthermore, analyzing data from Italy and Spain on both workplace accidents and commuting accidents, we conclude that workers on temporary jobs are likely to under-report accidents.

Source: Palali, A. and van Ours, J. C. (2017). Labor, 31, p. 1-14.

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