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Collection and Analysis of Work Surface Accident Profile Data.


PB80191505

Publication Date 1977
Page Count 166
Abstract Accident Circumstance Profiles were developed to describe the tasks, work surfaces, footwear, and industries that characterize frequent and serious work surface related injuries. Injury statistics from worker's compensation records were analyzed, and field visits to 50 sites were conducted to investigate slip and fall injuries, primarily on dry surfaces. A slip meter was used to measure the coefficient of friction (COF) at the field sites, and these measurements correlated well with subjective reports of slipperiness. The investigators found that most slips and falls occurred on wet surfaces, and that worker's compensation reports produced insufficient cause related data. An analysis of 3,270 first reports of injury related to work surfaces revealed that 50 percent were related to slips, but only 3.5 percent of these occurred on slippery surfaces. High risk accident circumstances regarding work surface problems were suggested, and these were discussed in terms of recurrent accident patterns. Training and housekeeping control measures were proposed.
Keywords
  • Industrial accidents
  • Statistical data
  • Data collection
  • Data processing
  • Records
  • Surface properties
  • Safety
  • Protective clothing
  • Measurement
  • Methodology
  • Exposure
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Injuries
  • Workmens compensation
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 94H - Industrial Safety Engineering
Corporate Authors Safety Sciences, San Diego, CA.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 198019
Contract Number
  • PHS-NIOSH-210-76-0150
Collection and Analysis of Work Surface Accident Profile Data.
Collection and Analysis of Work Surface Accident Profile Data.
PB80191505

  • Industrial accidents
  • Statistical data
  • Data collection
  • Data processing
  • Records
  • Surface properties
  • Safety
  • Protective clothing
  • Measurement
  • Methodology
  • Exposure
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Injuries
  • Workmens compensation
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 68G - Environmental Health & Safety
  • 94H - Industrial Safety Engineering
  • PHS-NIOSH-210-76-0150
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