Saf Health Work.  2013 Mar;4(1):63-70.

The Trend of Occupational Injuries in Korea from 2001 to 2010

Affiliations
  • 1Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute, Korea Occupational Safety and Healty Agency, Incheon, Korea. appleyskim@gmail.com
  • 2Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency, Daegu, Korea.
  • 3Korea Occupational Safety and Healty Agency, Incheon, Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study is planned to assess the trend of occupational injuries in Korea from 2001 to 2010.
METHODS
Ten years of occupational injuries, from 2001 to 2010, were analyzed in order to investigate the changing profiles according to the various characteristics of injuries; economic sectors, age of the injured, and type of injuries. The changing profile of occupational injuries was investigated by comparison with an index-created relative value based on the number of cases of reference category.
RESULTS
The fatalities of construction, forest, agriculture, and service show the increasing trend. The nonfatal occupational injuries of the manufacturing sector were higher than those of other sectors in every year but the fatal occupational injuries of construction workers were higher than those of the manufacturing sector. Occupational injuries occurring due to amputation and those of slip and trip increased. The number of occupational injuries for the worker groups of 24 years old and below decreased and 45 years old and above increased. In comparison to the figure of fall from height, the figures of slip and trip or caught in equipment are higher in every calendar year.
CONCLUSION
This study find out construction, forest, agriculture, and service sectors, aged worker with 45 years old and over can be target population for the strategies of occupational safety.

Keyword

Occupational injuries; Industry sector
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