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Am J Ind Med. 2012 Oct;55(10):917-25. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22099. Epub 2012 Jul 27.

Workdays lost due to occupational injuries among young workers in Brazil.

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Federal University of Bahia, Institute of Collective Health, Program of Environmental and Workers Health, PISAT, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. vilma@ufba.br

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The severity of non-fatal work-related injuries has seldom been examined among young workers. We estimated the extent and distribution of workdays lost due to non-fatal work injuries using compensation data.

METHODS:

Data are from the Brazilian Institute of Social Insurance, for 2006. The study population is comprised of all insured workers of age 16-24. Descriptive statistics reflect workdays lost due to health-related disability, according to sex, age group, wage, and trade.

RESULTS:

Out of 4.8 million insured workers ages 16-24 years, we estimated 1,282,940 workdays lost. We observed a larger number of median workdays lost among males age 20-24 in retail and service trades (83 days) and among 16-19-year-old females in the agriculture/fish/forestry/cattle (142 days).

CONCLUSIONS:

Young workers experience a heavy burden of work-related injuries. Disability workdays may compromise school attendance and performance. Other potential impacts affect productivity and social insurance costs.

PMID:
22847487
DOI:
10.1002/ajim.22099
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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