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Health Indicator Report of Work-Related Burns

Work-related burns are among the most devastating injuries affecting workers. Although hospitalized burns are rare events, they are painful, disabling, and may result in significant disfigurement.


Individuals hospitalized for work-related injuries and illnesses represent less than 10 percent of all workers who receive workers' compensation. The majority of individuals with work-related illnesses and many others with injuries do not file for workers' compensation. Additionally, self-employed individuals such as farmers and independent contractors, federal employees, railroad or longshore and maritime workers are not covered by state workers' compensation systems. Attribution of payer in hospital discharge may not be accurate.   U.S. data for 2011-2014 is not available.

Data Sources

  • Uniform Billing Patient Summary, Division of Health Care Quality and Assessment, New Jersey Department of Health, []
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics


Hospitalizations of persons 16 years or older with burn injury as the primary diagnosis and primary payer coded as workers' compensation. ICD-9 codes: 940 - 949


Number of hospital discharges with primary diagnosis of burn injury and primary payer coded as workers' compensation.


Total number of employed persons aged 16 years or older for the same calendar year.

How Are We Doing?

In New Jersey (NJ) there have been over 900 work-related burns between 2000 and 2014. The rate of work-related burns in NJ has been lower than the US rates for the same interval. NJ annual rates ranged from 0.9-2.9 hospitalizations/100,000 workers in comparison to the US rates of 0.8-5.9 hospitalizations/100,000 workers. In 2014, there were 41 work-related burn hospitalizations in NJ. Of these 37 (90%) were male and the average age was 41 years. Sixteen (39%) of the hospitalized individuals were White; 6 (15%) were Black; and 18 (44%) were of Hispanic origin. Of the 41 reported cases of work-related burns in 2014, 41% of the burns were to the lower limb(s); 22% were to the face, head, and trunk; and 20% were to the trunk.

Available Services

Additional information on the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses can be obtained from: NJ Department of Health Occupational Health Surveillance Unit PO Box 369 Trenton, NJ 08625-0369 Phone: 609-826-4984 Fax: 609-826-4983 []
Page Content Updated On 01/09/2018, Published on 01/24/2018
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Content updated: Wed, 23 May 2018 05:01:08 EDT