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DHHS Releases Updated Report on Work-Related Injuries in New Hampshire
Numbers Are Mainly Holding Steady
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Occupational Health Surveillance Program
Publish Date:
May 18, 2015

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services released a new report on occupational injury and illness in the State. Data from 2000–2013 highlights work-related hospitalizations, burns, respiratory illness, cancer, and amputations. This is an updated version of the report from 2009.

The report finds that from 2000–2012 there were 160 work-related fatalities in New Hampshire. There were over 171,000 work-related emergency department hospital discharges for persons age 16 and older for the same time period. For three years—2007, 2008, and 2010—New Hampshire’s rate of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung associated with asbestos exposure, was significantly higher than the U.S. rate. More than 53,000 New Hampshire workers are currently employed in high mortality risk occupations, and more than 79,000 workers are employed in high mortality risk industries.

"Work-related injuries and illnesses can be prevented with appropriate and targeted interventions," said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public Health at DHHS. "We must be proactive as industries and jobs change in our State and vigilant in collecting accurate, timely, and meaningful data to better inform our intervention efforts."

The trends suggest a decrease in many of the occupational injury and illness rates in New Hampshire. Successful approaches to making the workplace safer begin with having the most accurate and current occupational health surveillance data, which are necessary to understand the root causes of the problems that lead to occupational injury and illness.

The data were collected by reviewing various state administrative health and injury databases, the NH State Cancer Registry, as well as population based phone surveys. To view the entire report, visit the DHHS website at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/hsdm/ohs/index.htm.

 
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