Accidents in the Workplace

  • Harker, C.;
  • Matheson, A. B.;
  • Ross, J. A. S.;
  • Seaton, A.


A prospective survey of patients attending the central Accident and Emergency Department and Eye Casualty Department in Aberdeen was made to determine the contribution of accidents at work to the workload of the departments and to estimate risks of injury in different industrial sectors. Work-related injuries accounted for 16.5 per cent of new patients attending the general accident department and 21.7 per cent of those attending eye casualty. Analysis by industrial sector led to estimates that almost one in 10 workers employed in manufacturing industries and in agriculture/forestry/fishing will attend casualty in the course of a year for a work-related injury. The relatively low-risk service sector, because of the large numbers of people employed, contributed the greatest number of individuals with work-related injuries. Two industries had very high rates of specific and preventable injuries - food and fish processing with an estimated 17 knife lacerations per 100 per annum and mechanical engineering with 60 eye injuries per 1000 per annum. We give reasons for believing that our estimates of risk in the different industrial sectors are conservative.


JOURNAL: J Soc Occup Med. 1991; 41(2): 73-76. ISSN: 1.

Note: Journal of the Society of Occupational Medicine.

NLOM ID#: 91269763 .

Publication #: 91269763

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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