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Reported occupational injuries at Swedish recycling centres - based on official statistics
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Ergonomics.
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Ergonomics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5338-0586
2011 (English)In: Ergonomics, ISSN 0014-0139, E-ISSN 1366-5847, Vol. 54, no 4, 357-366 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swedish recycling centres are manned facilities for waste collection. There is no special category in the official injury statistics for employees at recycling centres, which precludes a straightforward analysis of reported occupational injuries. This study aimed at identifying the frequency of reported accidents and diseases and the type of events that contribute to such injuries at recycling centres, based on official injury statistics. The employees were identified as being affected by more than three to five times as many accidents compared with the total workforce in Sweden. The reported accidents had occurred during a wide range of situations, but most frequently during manual handling of waste. Reported work-related diseases were mostly associated with musculoskeletal disorders, mainly due to heavy lifting. A more detailed classification of sanitation professions and workplaces in the official injury statistics would facilitate future studies of injuries in a specific professional category, e.g. employees at recycling centres. Suggestions for prevention are given. Statement of Relevance: The present article describes all reported work accidents and diseases among employees at recycling centres from 1992 to February 2005. It also highlights the problem of identifying new working groups in the official statistics and gives advice for a detailed classification to facilitate such future studies of injuries.

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2011. Vol. 54, no 4, 357-366 p.
Keyword [en]
accident, disease, insurance, waste, work-related
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Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology Psychiatry
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-33471DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2011.556261ISI: 000289570900005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79956365472OAI: diva2:417267
QC 20110516Available from: 2011-05-16 Created: 2011-05-09 Last updated: 2012-03-20Bibliographically approved

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