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Complete Health Indicator Report of Work-Related Burns


Hospitalizations of persons 16 years or older with burn injury as the primary diagnosis and primary payer coded as workers' compensation. ICD-9 codes: 940 - 949


Number of hospital discharges with primary diagnosis of burn injury and primary payer coded as workers' compensation.


Total number of employed persons aged 16 years or older for the same calendar year.

Why Is This Important?

Work-related burns are among the most devastating injuries affecting workers. Although hospitalized burns are rare events, they are painful, disabling, and may result in significant disfigurement.

How Are We Doing?

In New Jersey (NJ) there have been over 1,000 work-related burns between 2000 and 2017. NJ annual rates ranged from 0.8-2.9 hospitalizations/100,000 workers from 2000-2016 (2017 denominator data not available). In 2017, there were 26 work-related burn hospitalizations in NJ. Of these 19 (73%) were male and the average age was 43 years. 12 (46%) of the hospitalized individuals were White; 3 (12%) were Black; and 8 (31%) were of Hispanic origin. Of the 26 reported cases of work-related burns in 2017, 23% of the burns were to the lower limb(s); 23% were to the face, head, and trunk; and 19% were to the shoulder and upper limb, except wrist and hand.

Available Services

Additional information on the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses can be obtained from: NJ Department of Health Occupational Health Surveillance Unit PO Box 369 Trenton, NJ 08625-0369 Phone: 609-826-4984 Fax: 609-826-4983 []

Data Tables

Work-Related Burns, Annual Rate of Inpatient Hospitalizations per 100,000 Employed Persons Age 16 Years or Older in New Jersey, 2000-2017

New Jersey vs. United StatesYearHospitalizations per 100,000 WorkersNumer- ator
Record Count: 29
New Jersey20002.185
New Jersey20012.289
New Jersey20022.9121
New Jersey20031.770
New Jersey20041.458
New Jersey20051.459
New Jersey20061.771
New Jersey20071.774
New Jersey20081.357
New Jersey20091.144
New Jersey2010140
New Jersey20110.936
New Jersey20121.249
New Jersey2013141
New Jersey2014141
New Jersey20150.835
New Jersey2016144
New Jersey20170.626
United States200045,370
United States20012.63,474
United States20023.14,246
United States200345,441
United States20045.98,251
United States20054.66,463
United States20063.85,493
United States20074.26,158
United States20082.53,657
United States20090.81,111
United States20100.81,176

Data Notes

Individuals hospitalized for work-related injuries and illnesses represent less than 10 percent of all workers who receive workers' compensation. The majority of individuals with work-related illnesses and many others with injuries do not file for workers' compensation. Additionally, self-employed individuals such as farmers and independent contractors, federal employees, railroad or longshore and maritime workers are not covered by state workers' compensation systems. Workers' compensation eligibility criteria and availability of data from workers' compensation programs varies among states so caution should be taken when making comparisons state-to-state or nationally. Attribution of payer in hospital discharge may not be accurate.   U.S. data for 2011-2017 is not available.

Data Sources

  • Uniform Billing Patient Summary, Division of Health Care Quality and Assessment, New Jersey Department of Health, []
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Page Content Updated On 01/24/2019, Published on 03/11/2019
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