NH DHHS Releases Updated Report on Work-Related Injuries in New Hampshire

Numbers Are Mainly Holding Steady

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) Division of Public Health Services released a new report on

occupational injury and illness in the State. Data from 2000–2013

highlights work-related hospitalizations, burns, respiratory illness,

cancer, and amputations. This is an updated version of the report from


The report finds that from 2000–2012 there were 160 work-related fatalities

in New Hampshire. There were over 171,000 work-related emergency department

hospital discharges for persons age 16 and older for the same time period.

For three years—2007, 2008, and 2010—New Hampshire’s rate of mesothelioma,

a cancer of the lining of the lung associated with asbestos exposure, was

significantly higher than the U.S. rate. More than 53,000 New Hampshire

workers are currently employed in high mortality risk occupations, and more

than 79,000 workers are employed in high mortality risk industries.

“Work-related injuries and illnesses can be prevented with appropriate and

targeted interventions,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting Director of Public

Health at DHHS. “We must be proactive as industries and jobs change in our

State and vigilant in collecting accurate, timely, and meaningful data to

better inform our intervention efforts.”

The trends suggest a decrease in many of the occupational injury and

illness rates in New Hampshire. Successful approaches to making the

workplace safer begin with having the most accurate and current

occupational health surveillance data, which are necessary to understand

the root causes of the problems that lead to occupational injury and


The data were collected by reviewing various state administrative health

and injury databases, the NH State Cancer Registry, as well as population

based phone surveys. To view the entire report, visit the DHHS website at