Nonfatal occupational injuries from slips, trips, and falls among older workers treated in hospital emergency departments, United States 1998

Larry A. Layne, Keshia M. Pollack

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Abstract

Background: Falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. As the workforce demographics shift to an older population, the dearth of information on occupational falls among older adults must be addressed. Methods: A national probability sample of hospital emergency departments (EDs) (National Electronic Injury Surveillance System) was utilized to characterize falls at work. Results: Older workers were found not to be at increased risk of a fall injury, but were more likely than younger workers to be hospitalized post-injury. Same-level falls were the most common type of incident among older workers. Falls from height were more prevalent among men than women. The narrative case descriptions for same-level falls to the floor primarily implicated floor contamination and tripping hazards. Conclusions: Fall prevention programs targeted to older workers must examine extrinsic sources of falls, particularly surface traction, contaminant control, and footwear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-41
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hospital emergency departments
  • Injury surveillance
  • Occupational injury
  • Older workers
  • Slip, trip and fall

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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