Year of Publication

2019

College

Public Health

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Committee Chair

Dr. Wayne Sanderson

Committee Member

Dr. Terry Bunn

Committee Member

Dr. Susan Spengler

Abstract

Objective: To examine for an association between the occurrence of work­ related trauma injuries in the state of Kentucky and occupational noise exposure.

Methods: Using the Kentucky Trauma Registry, work-related trauma injuries were identified between the years of 2013 and 2017. Subjects were assigned noise scores based on O*NET noise exposure data by occupational industry. Associations between the occurrence of occupationally-related injuries and noise scores were assessed using linear regression analysis.

Results: A total of 1,808 work-related traumatic injuries were identified from the trauma registry over the five years of data reviewed in the study. The majority of occupational injuries occurred in the construction industry (22.2%). The occupational industries with the highest O*NET derived noise score were the manufacturing industry (4.37) and the natural resource and mining industry (4.37). The full model linear regression model demonstrated a corresponding increase of 1.311, 1.140, 1.059, and 1.240 in traumatic injuries for one unit increase in noise score in manufacturing, transportation and public utilities, construction, and natural resources and mining, respectively when compared to all other industries included in this study.

Conclusion: The study suggests that in the state of Kentucky there is a positive significant association between the occurrence in work-related injuries and noise score.

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