Title[Work injuries in building construction, metal shaping, and food production sectors in Jericho District in the Palestinian territory]
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsAl-Khatib, A, Maqdadi, R, Habash, R, Aliyan, G, Khofash, F, Grayesh, S
JournalEast Mediterr Health J
Date PublishedSep-Nov
ISBN Number1020-3397 (Print)<br/>1020-3397 (Linking)
Accession Number16761673
Keywords*Facility Design and Construction, *Food Industry, *Metallurgy, *Wounds and Injuries/epidemiology/etiology, Accidents, Occupational/*trends, Adult, Age Distribution, Causality, Data Collection, Health Surveys, Humans, Middle East/epidemiology, Occupational Health, Population Surveillance

Work injuries and accidents have a considerable impact on public and community health. This study targeted three work sectors: metal shaping, food production and building construction. Work injuries that occurred in these sectors were compared for the years 1999 and 2000 in Jericho District in the West Bank of Palestine. One hundred three injuries were examined and information recorded about the nature of the injury, site of injury in the body, direct cause of injury and some personal information about the injured worker. The most vulnerable group were young people in their twenties, and mostly those working in the metal shaping and building construction sectors. The kinds and sites of injuries varied. The data were compared with data from 1997, 1998 and 2001-2003, although only loosley as the available data about work injuries for these years were limited and inaccurate.