Use of a national reporting system for occupational injuries in Costa Rica.
Buchanan-S; Krantz-A; Klempner-S; Alvarado-R; Wesseling-C; Fernández-E; Forst-L
Int J Occup Environ Health 2006 Jan-Mar; 12(1):142-146
Occupational injury surveillance in developing countries may be hindered by the lack of health data infrastructure as well the large numbers of informal-sector workers. The goal of this study was to elucidate the scope of occupational injury in the Monteverde district of Costa Rica using data collected through the national workers social security system. A list of occupational injuries occurring in the district reported to the National Insurance Institute (INS) central office between 1998 and 2002 was taken to the regional INS office, and the original injury reports for the cases were pulled. Specific data on the injuries were collected. There were 184 injuries reported during the five year period. Occupations with the highest number of injuries included production, building and grounds maintenance, and agricultural/forestry/fishing. Descriptive data showed that prevention efforts in this rural region should target food manufacturing, hotels, and construction.
Occupational-accidents; Injuries; Surveillance-programs; Information-systems; Information-retrieval-systems; Occupations; Training; Food-processing-industry; Construction-industry; Service-industries; Housekeeping-personnel
Susan Buchanan, MD, University of Illinois, Department of Occupational Medicine, 835 S. Wolcott MC 684, Chicago, IL 60612
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health