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Int J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Apr;5(2):84-93.

Determinants of occupational injury in Kombolcha textile factory, North-East Ethiopia.

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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, Institute of Public Health, University of Gondar, Ethiopia.



Textile factory is among the most common manufacturing industries that has higher rate of work-related injuries. Knowing the associated factors of work-related injuries can be a critical step for improving the working condition of workers in the sector.


To assess the major determinants of occupational injury among workers in Kombolcha textile factory, North-East Ethiopia.


An institution-based cross-sectional study was conducted from April 1 to 15, 2013 on 455 randomly selected workers after stratification by working departments. The data was collected using a structured questionnaire through face-to-face interview by data collectors of 6 occupational health experts and 6 nurses.


Working >48 hrs/wk (aOR: 2.71, 95% CI: 1.18-6.24), handling objects >20 kg (aOR: 2.35, 95% CI: 1.24-4.45), visual concentration (aOR: 3.10, 95% CI: 1.42-6.75), timely maintenance of machine (aOR: 1.80, 95% CI: 1.11-2.93), and sleep disorder (aOR: 2.95, 95% CI: 1.47-5.92) were significant factors for the occurrence of occupational injuries.


Many factors including working for a long time with accurate instruments and sleep disorders can cause occupational injury in textile industries.

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