Understanding the frequency and distribution of occupational injuries is crucial for injury prevention and evaluation of injury prevention strategies. Like the United States as a whole, North Carolina’s workforce has changed substantially over the past 25 years. The state has grown from 6.6 million to 9.9 million residents, employment has shifted dramatically from agriculture, textile, and furniture production to a more diversified economy, and the population of Latino workers has increased nearly four hundred percent.
Trends and Disparities in Fatal Occupational Injuries in North Carolina is an occupational cohort study of fatal occupational injuries among workers in North Carolina. The primary goal of this NIOSH funded study is to strengthen our understanding of fatal occupational injuries in North Carolina, with a particular interest in:
This study is a continuation of the highly successful parent study, Occupational Injury Fatalities in North Carolina [Loomis PI] which provided a detailed description of the epidemiology of fatal occupational injuries in North Carolina over the period 1977-1991, utilizing the state’s medical examiner system as a tool for identification of fatal occupational injuries. The findings of that project, which continue to be used by injury epidemiologists, described trends in fatal injuries, disparities by race and ethnicity, and informed injury research and prevention strategies for a number of industries.
Trends and Disparities in Fatal Occupational Injuries in North Carolina is a major 25-year update of data [1992-2017] on fatal occupational injuries among Southern workers, implementing state-of-the-art methods for analyses and quantitative inference. As in the parent study, this study will utilize data from the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to identify fatal occupational injuries. This study will substantially improve our understanding of injury rates, disparities, and special populations of interest relevant to future prevention efforts.
This research is supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health [1 R01OH011256-01-00].