Accession Number : ADA314669

Title :   Development of a Coding System to Accurately Categorize the Causes of Construction Fatalities and Serious Injuries.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Pedersen, Caroline L.

PDF Url : ADA314669

Report Date : MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 128

Abstract : There are approximately 910 construction worker fatalities in the United States each year (National Safety Council, 1995). Although construction workers constitute only 5.2% of the industrial workforce, they account for over 18.4% of the fatalities and 10.6% of the injuries (Gambatese 1996). The only industries that have higher fatality rates are mining and agriculture. One of the functions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is to investigate and track occupational injuries and fatalities. OSHA's involvement is reduced in the state-plan states; however, these states are still encouraged to contribute such data to OSHA. This information is recorded in OSHA's Integrated Management Information System (IMIS). While various types of information are recorded, particular interest exists in the basic types of causes associated with fatalities and injuries. OSHA classifies all accidents into six event types: Falls, Struck by, Struck Against, Caught In or Between, Shock, and Other.

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *SAFETY, *WOUNDS AND INJURIES, *HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, *DEATH, *ACCIDENTS, UNITED STATES, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, INDUSTRIES, JOBS, HIGH RATE, HEALTH, CODING, CONSTRUCTION, CASUALTIES, PERSONNEL, WORK, MORTALITY RATE, AGRICULTURE.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
      Statistics and Probability

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE