Exposure to Mechanical Forces


Exposure to Mechanical Forces Indicator measures injuries and fatalities caused by thrown, projected, or falling objects; a person striking against objects; and being caught, crushed, jammed, or pinched in or between objects. Because characteristics of mechanical force relates to a wide variety of factors, injury risks are very diverse. However, there is a large body of literature available on public health and safety intervention strategies that help prevent and reduce injuries associated with mechanical forces. For instance, occupational related injuries can be significantly reduced by adopting injury prevention programs emphasizing management leadership, worker participation, education, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, and program evaluation and improvement.

In the Mechanical Forces Indicator, Mauritius, El Salvador, Singapore, Costa Rica, and Hungary rank the highest while Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Mali, and Afghanistan need most areas of improvement.

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