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Health Indicator Report of Work-Related Burns

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.


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 2011-2018 is not available. ICD-9-CM codes transitioned to ICD-10-CM codes October 2015.

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


Hospitalizations of persons 16 years or older with burn injury as the primary diagnosis and primary payer coded as workers' compensation. ICD-9-CM codes: 940 - 949 ICD-10-CM codes: T20-T28, T30-T32


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.

How Are We Doing?

In New Jersey (NJ) there have been over 1,000 work-related burns between 2000 and 2019. NJ annual rates ranged from 0.6-2.9 hospitalizations/100,000 workers from 2000-2019. In 2019, there were 32 work-related burn hospitalizations in NJ. Of these 29 (91%) were male and the average age was 39 years. Nine (28%) of the hospitalized individuals were White; 5 (16%) were Black; and 17 (53%) were of Hispanic origin. Of the 32 reported cases of work-related burns in 2019, 28% of the burns were to the lower limb, except ankle and foot; 22% were to the head, face, and neck; 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 []
Page Content Updated On 08/17/2021, Published on 08/19/2021
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