Korean J Occup Health Nurs.  2014 Feb;23(1):39-46.

The Relationship between Long Working Hours and Industrial Accident

  • 1Korea Workers' Compensation & Welfare Service Donghea Hospital, Donghae, Korea.
  • 2Graduate School, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Federation of Korean Trade Unions, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. hyesun@catholic.ac.kr


This study analyzed the relationship between working hours and the occurrence of industrial disasters based on manufacturing businesses that are members of Federation of Korean Trade Unions.
Repliers were managers of the safety & health department in the union, and 215 surveys out of 300 businesses that agreed to participate in the research were analyzed.
94 out of 300 companies, which counted for 43.7%, replied to have experienced industrial disasters. 56 of those (59.6%) had less than 52 working hours per week, and 38 companies (40.4%) had more than 52 working hours per week. 109 companies, which counted for 50.7%, did not have an incident of industrial disaster. Companies with an average of more than 52 hours of working hours per week were shown to have a 2.29 times (95% CI 1.08~4.87) higher possibility of having industrial disasters than those with less than 52 hours of working hours.
As the study showed that industrial disasters were more likely to occur in businesses with working hours longer than 52 hours, ways to reduce working hours need to be developed and various safety measures need to be taken to prevent industrial disasters in case workers are undergoing long working hours.


Manufacturing; Industrial accidents; Working hours
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