OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES AMONG WORKERS IN IRON AND STEEL INDUSTRIES IN BISHOFTU TOWN, OROMIA REGIONAL STATE, ETHIOPIA: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY
Keywords:Occupational injury, Ethiopia, Iron and Steel Industry, Health and Safety Training
Occupational injury in most developing countries including Ethiopia is becoming a public health problem. Assessment of occupational injuries and associated risk factors were the aim of this paper. The study was conducted in Bishoftu town, Oromia Regional State, Ethiopia which is located about 47 km south east from the capital Addis Ababa. Institution based cross-sectional study was conducted among 443 workers from November to December, 2015. Working sections were stratified to select workers. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was used to identify the associated risk factors. Occupational injury was 384 per 1000 exposed workers per year. Working nights shifts, working more than 48 hours per week, safety training, workers with sleeping disorder, job satisfaction and use of Personal Protective Equipment were predictors of occupational injury. Iron and steel manufacturing industry has significant public health problem. Emphasis should be given to minimize injury.