1Senior Resident, Department of Hospital Administration, India
2Medical Officer and Anesthesiologist, Directorate of Health Services Kashmir, India
3Casualty Medical Officer, SKIMS MC, India
4DNB Ophthalmology Resident, India
*Corresponding author: Mohammad Sarwar Mir, Senior Resident, Department of Hospital Administration, SKIMS
Submission: December 09, 2017; Published: February 27, 2018
ISSN : 2576-8816Volume4 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