16.03.2018

Nonfatal Injuries among Law Enforcement Officers

Aproximately 700.000 law enforcement officers were treated in
emergency departments across the USA for nonfatal injuries between 2003 and 2014,
according to a study by researchers at the US-American National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The study, which is the first to examine
nonfatal injuries among officers on a national scale, was published online this
month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) have historically high rates of fatal and
nonfatal injuries. The new research shows that officers are three times more
likely to sustain a nonfatal injury than all other U.S. workers, and is the
first to capture nonfatal injuries sustained from assaults and unintentional
injuries such as accidental falls or motor vehicle crashes.

"Studies based on evidence are an important feature of public health and this
principle extends to studying the law enforcement community and their work,”
said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. "The safety and health of both police and
citizens depend on understanding how policing tactics impact officer and
citizen injuries.”

The study researchers, whose aim was to provide national estimates and trends
of nonfatal injuries to law enforcement officers from 2003 - 2014, found the
following:
- The LEO nonfatal injury trend increased across the 12-year period studied;
this is in contrast with the trend for all other U.S. workers which
significantly decreased.
- Assault-related injury rates significantly increased almost 10% annually from
2003 to 2011.
- The three leading reasons for on-duty injuries were assaults & violent acts
(36%), bodily reactions & exertion from running or other repetitive motions
(15%), and transportation incidents (14%).

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)