DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

September 6, 2012

Workers' health, injuries detailed in report


Derry News

---- — 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 to 2008, there were 127 work-related fatalities in New Hampshire.

In New Hampshire, between 2002 and 2007, 6 percent of all Emergency Department discharges of patients age 16 and older, were paid for by workers' compensation, compared to the U.S. as a whole, where only 2 percent of those discharges of patients age 16 and older were paid for by workers' compensation.

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 dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/hsdm/ohs/publications.htm.