Journal of Community Health

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 205–219 | Cite as

Work-related injuries of the hand: Data from an occupational injury/illness surveillance system

  • Denise M. Oleske
  • Jerome J. Hahn


Administrative and clinical data from a network of occupational medicine clinics were combined to evaluate the utility of these data in the surveillance of non-fatal occupational injuries. Incident cases of work-related hand injuries were characterized to evaluate that process. In 1988, hand and finger injuries were found to be among the most common (n=4,120) of all occupational injuries recorded in the system. Hand/finger injuries accounted for 30.0 percent of all episodes of work-related injuries treated, with the incidence of these decreasing with increasing company size. Hand injuries were found to be potentially severe with nearly 20 percent resulting from a crushing motion and nearly 10 percent being fractures or amputations. Hands being caught in machines or struck by metal items or hand tools accounted for 36.2 percent of the injuries. A surveillance system based upon ambulatory care data can be a feasible method for identifying priority areas for the prevention of work-related injuries.


Health Promotion Surveillance System Medicine Clinic Ambulatory Care Incident Case 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denise M. Oleske
    • 1
  • Jerome J. Hahn
  1. 1.Department of Health Systems ManagementRush UniversityChicago

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