Prevalence of work-related injuries among workers of bottling industries in Benin city, Edo state
Background: The bottling industry is a large employer of labour in Nigeria and contains various job descriptions and activities which constitute health hazards for the individual.
Objectives: This study aims at assessing the prevalence and types of work-related injuries and illnesses among the workers.
Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among workers of bottling industries in Benin City, Edo State. A total of 450 respondents were selected using a multistaged sampling technique. An interviewer administered questionnaire was used for data collection. Data was collated and analysed with IBM SPSS version 21.0 software. The associations between socio-demographic variables, and prevalence of injuries; was analysed using chi squared test and fisher’s exact test where applicable. Binary logistic regression was carried out to further determine significant predictors of prevalence of injuries. The level of significant was set at p < 0.05.
Results: The mean age (SD) of the respondents was 29.97 ± 7.052 years with a higher proportion 348 (77.3%) being males.Life time occurrence of work place injury was 145 (32.2%), of which 129 (89.0%) of them suffered physical injuries. Significant association was seen between an increase in duration of employment and occurrence of injury (p= 0.001).
Conclusion: There was a high prevalence of injury in the bottling industries with the major work-related injuries and illness being physical injuries. Management should ensure a safer workplace for its employees
Keywords: Prevalence, Work-related injuries, Bottling industry