Medical-Examiner-Reported Fatal Occupational Injuries, North Carolina, 1978-1984

  • Horiagon, Thomas M.;
  • Sniezek, Joseph E.


Fatal occupational injuries are a major public health problem in the U.S. Utilizing a medical examiner database from North Carolina, 1,233 fatal work-related injuries were identified in a 7-year time period. Twelve percent of these deaths were in out-of- state residents. For men, highest risk industries were forestry/ fishing, agriculture, trade, and transportation/public utilities/ communications. Only 4% of deaths occurred in women. The most common manner of death in women was homicide. Highest-risk industries for women were agriculture, trade, and transportation/public utilities/ communications. Of 902 decedents tested, alcohol was found in 11%, and 7% had levels at or above 100 mg%. Because of its completeness, the North Carolina Medical Examiner System is a useful tool to use in the surveillance of fatal occupational injuries.


JOURNAL: Am J Ind Med. 1989; 15(6): 669-678.

Note: American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

NLOM ID#: 89320443 .

Publication #: 89320443

This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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