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PW 1457 Self-reported contributory factors for work-related injuries in qatar: findings from the WURQ in-patient survey
  1. Rafael Consunji1,
  2. Nazia Hirani1,
  3. Sam Thomas1,
  4. Kristine Luzano1,
  5. Amber Mehmood2,
  6. Aisha Abeid1,
  7. Ayman El-Menyar1,
  8. Hassan Al-Thani1,
  9. Monira Mollazehi1,
  10. Adnan Hyder2,
  11. Ruben Peralta1
  1. 1Hamad Trauma Center, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
  2. 2International Injury Research Unit, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, U.S.A


Introduction Work related injuries (WRIs) are a leading cause of trauma admission in Qatar; their epidemiologic trends and high-risk populations have been reported. This study aims to explore the work circumstances and environments leading to severe WRIs, to inform the creation of targeted interventions to improve worker safety. It was conducted as part of a larger ‘A Unified Registry for Workplace Injury Prevention in Qatar’ grant [NPRP 7–1120–3–288], funded by the Qatar Foundation, designed to initiate and implement a unified workplace injury registry to inform policies and programs to reduce the health burden, in terms of deaths and disabilities, and the healthcare costs from WRI’s.

Methods WRI patients who were admitted to the Hamad Trauma Center were interviewed by trained interviewers using a standard questionnaire. A proportionate sampling method was implemented based on the leading mechanisms of injuries.

Results Fifty patients were consented and interviewed. 58% had some kind of safety training and 82% were aware about the risks at work. Seventy eight percent used one form of personal protection: 58% -safety helmet, 62% -foot protection, 54% – high visibility jacket/vest and 50% – antistatic gloves. Approximately 50% of the patients had one form of health insurance. Almost everyone was given treatment on-site prior to being transported to the nearest treatment facility. Self-reported contributory factors, for WRI, included: ‘inadequate training for a new task’, ‘sub-optimal working environment’ and ‘psychological factors’. Almost all classified their injuries as ‘accidental’ or unexpected.

Conclusion In this study population, WRIs are still thought of as ‘accidental’ by the workers themselves. Areas for improvement include: 1.) culturally appropriate safety training 2.) increased use and availability of personal protective equipment 3.) health insurance and 4.) training for new tasks. Further studies on knowledge and attitudes of workers towards safety are needed to better inform occupational injury prevention programs in Qatar.

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