September 4, 2012
Concord, NH – The report Occupational Illness and Injury in New Hampshire: A Status Report, Data to Inform Programs and Policies, 2011 is now available for use by state, community, and local public health agencies. This report provides updated data on many areas affecting the health of New Hampshire’s workers including work-related injuries, fatalities, hospitalizations and workers’ compensation awards. This is an update from the previous report published in 2009.
“This comprehensive report looks at the core occupational health indicators of work-related injuries and illnesses,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. “The report contains some important data and we hope it will be useful to our partners and the people of New Hampshire in preventing such injuries in the future.”
The data in the report indicate several trends, including:
- Manufacturing industries are on the decrease in New Hampshire
- From 2000–2008 there were 127 work-related fatalities in New Hampshire
- In NH, between 2002 and 2007, 6% of all Emergency Department discharges of patients age 16 and older, were paid for by workers' compensation, compared to the US as a whole, where only 2% of ED discharges of patients age 16 and older were paid for by workers' compensation.
- Between 2002 and 2007, 28% of all NH ED visits with the expected payer of workers' compensation involved traumatic amputations. Of these work-related amputations, 85% involved amputation of finger(s) and 15.4% involved amputation of the thumb, compared to the U.S. where 21% of all visits involved traumatic work-related amputations, 98% of which involved amputation of the finger(s) and 15% involved amputation of the thumb.
- In 2008, workers’ compensation awards to injured workers totaled $239,290, with the average workers’ compensation award per covered New Hampshire worker totaling $354.
- More than 47,000 New Hampshire workers are employed in high mortality risk occupations.
- More than 78,000 New Hampshire workers are employed in high mortality risk industries.
To read the report or download it, go to www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/hsdm/ohs/publications.htm.