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Emergency Medical Services Pre-Hospital Care Reports as a Data Source for Logging Injury Surveillance

Scott, Erika, Hirabayashi, Liane, Krupa, Nicole, Jenkins, Paul
Journal of agromedicine 2019 v.24 no.2 pp. 133-137
chainsaws, demographic statistics, health services, logging, monitoring, morbidity, risk, safety equipment, trees, Maine, New Hampshire
Logging workers are at high risk of injury, and although data on fatal injuries exists, less is known about non-fatal injuries. The purpose of this study is to describe initial trends in logging morbidity in Maine and New Hampshire using pre-hospital care reports. Demographics and specifics of the event were recorded for each incident case. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were employed. Logging injuries (n = 70) were primarily due to trees, heavy equipment, and chainsaws. Interventions focused on heavy equipment safety (particularly slips, trips, and falls), and personal protective equipment use would be warranted based on the findings of this surveillance system. Our methods are able to capture traumatic injury in logging, in sufficient detail to prioritize interventions and to evaluate their outcomes. The system is low-cost and has the potential to be sustained over a long period.