Health Indicator Report of Work-Related Hospitalizations
Individuals hospitalized with work-related injuries and illnesses have some of the most serious and costly work-related adverse health outcomes. Tracking of these significant adverse health effects can help target prevention programs and activities, and to identify previously recognized settings in which workers may continue to be at high risk. For example, analysis of these data can assist researchers to assess disparities among racial/ethnic groups and among young and older workers.
NotesU.S. data for 2011-2013 are not available.
- Uniform Billing Patient Summary, Division of Health Care Quality and Assessment, New Jersey Department of Health, [http://www.nj.gov/health/healthcarequality/health-care-professionals/njddcs/]
- U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Data Interpretation IssuesThe majority of individuals with work-related illnesses and injuries do not file for workers' compensation. Individuals hospitalized for work-related injuries and illnesses represent less than 10 percent of all workers who receive 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.
DefinitionAnnual number of work-related inpatient hospitalizations for persons age 16 years or older.
NumeratorNumber of inpatient hospital discharges with primary payer coded as workers' compensation.
DenominatorTotal number of employed persons age 16 years or older for the same calendar year.
How Are We Doing?In NJ there have been over 60,000 work-related hospitalizations between 2000 and 2013. In 2013 there were 3,937 work-related hospitalizations. Of these, 2,940 individuals (75%) were male and the average age was 49 years. Over 2,600 of the hospitalized individuals (68%) were White; 489 (12%) were Black; and over 600 (17%) were of Hispanic origin. New Jersey annual rates have slightly decreased from 143 per 100,000 in 2000 to 95 per 100,000 in 2013. NJ annual rates between 2000 and 2013 ranged from 95-143 inpatient hospitalizations per 100,000 employed persons in comparison to the US rates of 82-142 inpatient hospitalizations per 100,000 employed persons.
What Is Being Done?New Jersey law requires the reporting of occupational diseases, injuries, and poisonings by hospitals (NJAC 8:58).
Available ServicesAdditional 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 [http://www.state.nj.us/health/workplacehealthandsafety/occupational-health-surveillance/]
Page Content Updated On 02/21/2017, Published on 08/24/2017