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Risk Factors of Occupational Injuries Due to Loss of Control, Falls and Overexertion
University of Gävle.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0459-1496
2017 (English)In: Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health Reviews, ISSN 2471-8211, Vol. 2, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Occupational injuries are a major concern globally due to its growing prevalence and its consequences on health. While many of the risks are related to daily routines others are as a result of individual characteristics and environmental conditions at work. Studies show that certain demographic groups and work categories appear to have higher prevalence of specific types of injury causes especially those resulting in hospital care. Most studies of risk factors for occupational injuries traditionally attempt to understand factors that distinguish persons who get injured at work from those who do not. In this study, the probability of specific occupational injury causes is modeled using injury data accrued between 2007 and 2012. In this approach, the contrast group comprises those who attained other injuries during the same time frame. All statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 22. Results show that Injuries due to falls, loss of control and overexertion were the top three leading causes of occupational injury for the period under study. The risk for falls and overexertion were highest in the healthcare sector compared to loss of control in the manufacturing industry. Foreign born workers had increased risk for overexertion. Gender and age differences as well as other risk factors are discussed.

Knowledge of specific risk factors for individual occupational injury cause may be relevant for primary and secondary interventions.

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2017. Vol. 2, no 2
Keyword [en]
Occupational injuries; Causes; Hospital; falls; Loss of control; Overexertion; Foreign born; Worker; Gävleborg; Sweden
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:rkh:diva-2406DOI: 10.16966/2471-8211.140OAI: oai:DiVA.org:rkh-2406DiVA: diva2:1098224
Available from: 2017-05-23 Created: 2017-05-23 Last updated: 2017-05-23Bibliographically approved

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