Accession Number:

ADA155045

Title:

Hospitalizations for Accidents and Injuries in the U.S. Navy. I. Duty Station Assignment and Duty Status

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

The relative incidence of accidental injury hospitalization among Navy enlisted men during the three-year period 1977-1979 was analyzed by duty status on- or off-duty at the time of injury for major operational, administrative, tactical, and support activities. Compared to the standard Navy rate, UDTSeal, Cruiser, Destroyer, and conventionally powered aircraft Carrier personnel had significantly higher total injury hospitalization rates. Nuclear submariners and shore-based personnel had rates significantly lower. When looking at the effects of duty status on injury hospitalization, personnel from Destroyers, Replenishment ships, and conventionally powered Carriers had higher on-duty hospitalization rates, while Nuclear submariners and All other personnel had lower on-duty rates compared to Navywide norms. For off-duty accidents, personnel on Cruisers and Destroyers had significantly higher rates, whereas Fleet Marine Forces and Nuclear submariners had significant correlation observed between on- and off-duty hospitalization rates suggests that common personal attributes such as risk-taking behavior are manifested both on and off the job. Our results have shown that factors associated with the shipboard environment in general, and by ship type specifically, may contribute to the observed high risk of injury.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE