Occupational Injury Mortality in New Mexico

Lynne Fullerton, Lenora Olson, Cameron Crandall, David Sklar, Ross Zumwalt

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Study objective: To examine specific risks for occupational injury deaths in New Mexico. Design: Retrospective review of state medical investigator reports from 1980 through 1991 with regard to industry, agent of death, gender, ethnicity, location, and alcohol and other drug involvement. Participants: New Mexico residents who were fatally injured while on the job. Results: We identified 613 deaths: 87.1% unintentional, 10.6% homicides, and 2.3% suicides. Industries with the most fatalities were construction (11.8%), oil/gas (10.6%), and farming (8.6%). The primary agents of death were motor vehicles (41.7%), firearms (10.1%), and falling objects (10.0%). Almost all (95.6%) of the decedents were male. However, females were overrepresented among homicide deaths (P<.0001). Most unintentional injuries occurred in rural areas (69.1%), whereas most homicides (73.4%) and suicides (71.4%) occurred in urban areas. Drug or alcohol use was evident in 19.4% of cases. Conclusion: New Mexico has a high rate of occupational injury death, which appears to be associated with rural location and use of motor vehicles and alcohol. [Fullerton L, Olson L, Crandall C, Sklar D, Zumwalt R: Occupational injury mortality in New Mexico. Ann Emerg Med October 1995;26:447-454.].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-454
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1995
Externally publishedYes

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  • Emergency Medicine


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