Korean J Occup Health Nurs.  2011 Aug;20(2):172-184.

A Study on Types of Municipal Sanitation Workers' Occupational Accident by Work Type

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Kyungil University, Korea. angel6484@naver.com
  • 3Korea Occupational Safety & Health Agency, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
The aim of this study is to identify the characteristics of occupational accidents by work type among municipal sanitation workers.
METHODS
The original data of occupational accidents in 2009 by Korea Occupational Safety & Health Agency were analyzed by frequency and percentage using the SAS Version 9.1.
RESULTS
The types of occupational accident were as follows: slips and trips, falls, musculoskeletal disorders, traffic accident, collision, amputation, cut & puncture, crush injuries, strenuous movement and drop/fly. Slips and trips occurred most frequently in domestic waste collection and street sweeping. The traffic accident showed the highest incidence in food waste collection. Falls occurred most frequently in recycling waste collection. Musculoskeletal disorders showed the highest incidence in large waste collection.
CONCLUSION
Depending on the work type, types of occupational accident were different. The results of this study can provide the information for the development of the occupational accident prevention programs of municipal sanitation workers.

Keyword

Occupational accident; Prevention; Waste
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