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Accid Anal Prev. 2008 Jul;40(4):1604-10. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2008.04.008. Epub 2008 May 27.

Gender and age distribution of occupational fatalities in Taiwan.

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Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Chung Shan Medical University, No. 110 Section 1 Jianguo North Road, Taichung City 402, Taiwan, ROC.


This study analyzed fatal occupational injuries in Taiwan. One thousand eight hundred ninety work-related accident reports filed in the years 1996-1999 were extracted from the annual publication of the Council of Labor Affairs (CLA). These data were analyzed in terms of gender, age and work experience of the accident victim as well as accident type and the work-related source of injury to identify significant contributing factors. The CLA data showed that work-related falls were the leading cause of work-related fatalities in both male and female workers (38.2% of male victims and 39.2% of female victims). Gender differences were also noted in the accident type and age of the injured workers. Male workers had a significantly higher prevalence of fatal occupational injuries than female workers throughout the analyzed period (7.4 compared to 0.9 per 100,000 full-time workers). Young males aged 24 years or less had the highest rate of fatal occupational injuries. The finding that gender and age are major factors in occupational injuries is a significant finding in the field of occupational safety and may be helpful for developing accident prevention programs.

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