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Melchior C, Zanini RR. Safety Sci. 2019; 114: 72-78.


(Copyright © 2019, Elsevier Publishing)






Considering that more than half of the world's population is economically active, safe working environments are vital to improving their overall quality of life. The significant social and economic impacts of workplace fatalities highlight the need to better understanding this subject. The present study aims to investigate the economic sectors and geographic regions that have the largest number of studies on the subject of work-related fatal accidents. The following databases were used in order to conduct the literature mapping: PubMed, VHL Brazil, Web of Science, and Google Scholar. Our research includes studies published between 2001 and 2018, that used data ranging from 1946 to 2016 drawn from more than 30 countries, and over 10 sectors with fatal occupational accidents. Of the 102 studies analyzed, 36 used data from the United States, making it the country with the largest number of studies published on fatal occupational accidents. Moreover, 2015 was found to be the year with the largest number of published works on the subject, analyzing data primarily from the period 2000 to 2003. Construction, agriculture, and transportation emerged as the economic sectors with the highest mortality risk due to occupational accidents, followed by the fishing and forestry industries. The analysis of the terms in the abstracts highlighted the emphasis on national reporting systems and census data as the primary sources for mortality data. These results pave the way for an analysis of the relationship between number of studies and mortality rates, as well as methodology and the coverage of studies.

Language: en


Fatal occupational accidents; Literature mapping; Work-related mortality


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