Occupational Trauma in Industrial and Mining Accidents in Iran during 2016–2017

Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Department of Occupational Health, Faculty of Health, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Safety and Environment Management, Department of Health, Faculty of Health, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran

3 Faculty of Health, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

4 Department of Occupational Health, School of Health and Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran

5 Department of Occupational Health, Faculty of Health, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran

Abstract

Background and Objectives: Occupational diseases and accidents have been known as one of the leading causes of mortality in the world and are considered as one of the most important health, social, and economic risk factors in industrialized and developing societies. The present study aimed at investigating traumatic occupational accidents in Iranian mining and industrial sectors during 2016–2017. Methodology: This was a descriptive study conducted on the basis of registered data analysis from industrial and mining sector events in Iran by the relevant executive agency during a 1‑year period. The collected data were analyzed using SPSS and Microsoft Excel software. Results: Investigating the records of accidents in the given year suggested a total of 441 accidents including 379 industrial (85.9%) and 62 mining accidents (14.1%) in Iran. In this study, the number of lost work‑days was 1,585,383. Direct and indirect costs due to accidents were 638,746,428.56 (US $). The most common type of incidents included fire, falling, and caught in or between objects, respectively. Conclusion: Human being plays a significant role in production cycle, and the deaths associated with work‑related accidents, in addition to the loss of hardware investment, may result in a loss of life, lost years of employment, and related costs. Improving employer and employees’ perception of management safety practices can be important to prevent the development of job injuries and to promote workers’ safety and well‑being.

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