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Trends in Work Place Injury and Consequent Absence from Work in the County of Gävleborg, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0459-1496
2014 (English)In: / [ed] Massimo Cecaro, 2014Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Work related injuries continue to contribute to the global burden of disease and injuries. According to recent global estimates, about a million workers are injured and a thousand die per day due to work injuries. In Sweden, trends in reporting work place injuries have varied over time with various peaks and troughs.Differences have been observed between the reporting ofinjuries requiring sick leaves and those requiring no sick leaves, the so called ‘zero’ accidents.There are however few studies exploring the specific trends and patterns of occupational injuries in Sweden. Even problematic is the fact that available studies are very industry specific. Aim: To explore trends in workplace injuries and associated socio-demographic risk factors in the county of Gävleborg, Sweden.The study also aims to look at sick leave patterns in terms of total number of days absent from week and their determinants. Method: The study is based on retrospective longitudinal data comprising of all cases of work place accidents between 1992 and 2012 which were reported to the Swedish social insurance agency. A total of 24129 cases were reported across different industries. Data was analyzed using SPSS. Results: Preliminary results show that work place injuries vary by social demographic factors (such as age, sex, type of employment status) and industry.Results also show that age and sex are major determinants of total number of sick leave days. Conclusion: The implication for interventions and further research are discussed.

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occupational injury, work related injury, sick leave, sector, industry
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-18720OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-18720DiVA: diva2:778446
Third International conference and Exhibition on Occupational Health and safety, Valencia, Spain June 24-25, 2014.
Epidemiology of Work Place Injuries and Related health Outcomes In Gävleborg County (EWIHG)
Available from: 2015-01-10 Created: 2015-01-10 Last updated: 2016-01-22Bibliographically approved

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