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Research in Medical & Engineering Sciences

Occupational Health Problems of Construction Workers in Valley of Kashmir

Submission: December 09, 2017; Published: February 27, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/RMES.2018.04.000580

ISSN : 2576-8816
Volume4 Issue1


Occupational risks have been classed as the tenth leading cause of morbidity and mortality and occupational skin diseases are important problem in the construction industries.

Aim: The aim of this study is to understand the occupational health problems of construction workers engaged at large construction site in Kashmir

Materials and methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted at a large scale construction site of a cement factory on outskirts of Srinagar. All workers (N = 200) were enrolled as study subjects. Data was collected by the team consisting of investigators, doctors and social worker using a pre tested validated structured proforma.

Result: Among 200 workers only 28.0% used protective measure and 70% had suffered with at least one form of disease. Among them different diseases were found in following percentages i.e. respiratory problems (45.7%), musculo skelekal problems (32.8%), dermatitis (78.6%), burn/scald (6.6%) and accidental injury (28.6%)

Conclusions: Measures are needed to improve the work environment of construction workers by ensuring availability of protective gears, sanitation facilities at the sites along with an accessible, accountable occupational health services.

Keywords: Building and construction workers; Occupational health; Skin problems; Work related injury

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