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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(2), 2077-2091; doi:10.3390/ijerph110202077

Casual Dock Work: Profile of Diseases and Injuries and Perception of Influence on Health

School of Nursing, Federal University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, RS 96203-900, Brazil
Federal University of Pampa, Uruguaiana, RS 97500-970, Brazil
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Received: 25 October 2013 / Revised: 24 December 2013 / Accepted: 3 January 2014 / Published: 19 February 2014
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The present study aimed to identify the profile of diseases and injuries that affect casual dock workers and identify casual dock workers’ perceptions of positive and negative work influences on their health. This study consisted of two phases. The first phase was a quantitative study composed of a retrospective analysis, conducted with 953 medical records. The second phase of the research is a non-random sample with 51 casual dock workers. Data analysis was performed with SPSS 19.0. The average age of the casual dock workers was 48.7. Concerning working time, the majority had more than 19.6 years of dock work experience. In the first phase, 527 pathologic diagnoses were identified. The diagnoses that affected the musculoskeletal system (15.8%, N = 152; p < 0.01) were highlighted. Consequences to physical health produced by accidents stood out, with fracture registration predominating (12.8%, N = 122; p < 0.05). Significant differences were found for positive work influence on the cardiovascular system and family health. It was concluded that the diagnoses obtained are related to the influence of dock work perception and have motivated an introduction of preventive measures. View Full-Text
Keywords: occupational health; occupational diseases; accident prevention occupational health; occupational diseases; accident prevention
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Cezar-Vaz, M.R.; de Almeida, M.C.V.; Bonow, C.A.; Rocha, L.P.; Borges, A.M.; Piexak, D.R. Casual Dock Work: Profile of Diseases and Injuries and Perception of Influence on Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 2077-2091.

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