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118 Occupational risks in the building and public works sector in Morocco
  1. H Hami1,
  2. F-Z Azzaoui2,
  3. D Raougui2,
  4. A Soulaymani2,
  5. A Mokhtari2,
  6. A O T Ahami2
  1. 1Kenitra, Morocco
  2. 2Ibn Tofail University, Kenitra, Morocco

Abstract

Objectives Occupational injuries represent a considerable part of the injury burden to society, affecting people in the most productive years of their lives. Building and public works sector is recognised by its high frequency of occupational injuries. Kenitra city is the most important city in the Gharb plain region (NW of Morocco) where different new constructions are installed. This study aims to describe the profile of occupational injuries occurring in the building and public works sector in Kenitra city.

Methods A descriptive retrospective analysis of occupational injuries notified in the delegation of employment of Kenitra in 2008–2009, was performed. The results do not include occupational diseases or journey accidents.

Results In 2008–2009, 305 workers were victims of an accident in the work, which 21 died. Victims are often men (91.8%). According to data recorded, the risks in building and public works sector are higher than in other sectors (working at height, working on moving equipment, handling important). Accidents in this sector are caused by machinery, falling materials and falls from height. These accidents caused a temporary and permanent disability (73.8% and 19.3% respectively).

Conclusions Occupational injuries could have serious consequences. Measures are needed to ensure safety and protect workers’ health.

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