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Ann Occup Environ Med. 2018 Jun 4;30:36. doi: 10.1186/s40557-018-0247-7. eCollection 2018.

Relationship between occupational injuries and the provision of safety and health information: data from the 4th Korean working conditions survey.

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Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dongguk University Gyeongju Hospital, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do Republic of Korea.



The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between the provision of safety and health information (PSHI) and occupational injuries.


This study was based on data from the 4th Korean Working Conditions Survey (KWCS) (2014). The sample consisted of data from 24,527 wage workers and was divided into high-risk and low-risk groups, depending on the probability of occupational injury. The high-risk group included subjects who could cause harm to themselves or others due to errors during work. We applied chi-squared tests and logistic regression analyses to examine the relationship between PSHI and occupational injuries.


In the high-risk group, workers with no PSHI showed an adjusted odds ratio of 1.81 for occupational injury (95% CI 1.33-2.47). In contrast, there was no statistically significant relationship between PSHI and the incidence of occupational injury in the low-risk group.


To prevent occupational injuries, multi-faceted approaches that take different levels of injury risk into account are needed. Among workers with a high risk of occupational injury, more a stringent safety education program is required.


KWCS; Occupational injury; Safety and health information

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