Occupational injury surveillance using the Washington State Trauma Registry

J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Nov;53(11):1243-50. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31822cff63.


Objective: Traumatic injuries are a leading cause of death and disability among US workers, yet state trauma registries are rarely used for occupational research. Many, including the Washington State Trauma Registry, include information about work-relatedness. The objective is to explore and document the Washington State Trauma Registry as a resource for occupational injury surveillance and research.

Methods: State-designated trauma facilities report traumatic injuries meeting specific inclusion criteria to the Washington State Trauma Registry. This study included 16+ year-olds injured in Washington during 1998 to 2008.

Results: Of 125,625 injuries, 7.3% were work related. We found no evidence of downward trends in traumatic occupational injuries (2003 to 2008).

Conclusions: Capturing industry and occupation would enhance utility for occupational injury surveillance and research. Trauma registry data could contribute to prevention planning/evaluation, improve case ascertainment for severe occupational injuries, and aid identification of high-risk populations and emerging trends.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Population Surveillance / methods*
  • Registries*
  • Washington / epidemiology
  • Young Adult