An emergency room material covering 13 years (1980-92) was analyzed to see whether occupational accidents in road traffic had been following special patterns revealing possibilities for prevention. Of 41,332 traffic accident victims, every year 2.3-4.2% had sustained their injuries during working hours. Males were overrepresented, the male to female sex ratio was 2.9 for occupational accidents, 1.6 for non-occupational accidents. The age group 15-19 years accounted for a relatively large share of both occupational and non-occupational accidents. There were no differences according to body distribution of injuries, severity or need for treatment between occupational and non-occupational accidents. In occupational accidents more automobiles but fewer bicycles and motorbikes were involved. No type of accident showed increasing tendency throughout the period. It is concluded, that occupational road traffic accidents do not seem to follow special patterns, and the proportion is not increasing. Although the younger age groups were overrepresented, the limited material does not give grounds for elevating the age limit for occupational car driving, as for extent of exposure in the single age groups is not known.
|Bidragets oversatte titel||Occupational accidents in road traffic|
|Tidsskrift||Ugeskrift for Laeger|
|Status||Udgivet - 20. jan. 1997|
- Accidents, Traffic
- Child, Preschool
- Middle Aged