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Vol 56, No 1-4 (2005)
MARITIME HEALTH
Published online: 2010-03-26
Submitted: 2013-02-18
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Work-related diseases and injuries on an oil rig

Damir Valentić, Drazen Stojanović, Vladimir Mićović, Mihovil Vukelić
International Maritime Health 2005;56(1-4):56-66.

open access

Vol 56, No 1-4 (2005)
MARITIME HEALTH
Published online: 2010-03-26
Submitted: 2013-02-18

Abstract

The analysis of diseases and injuries in the workers on an American oil rig, operating in the Mediterranean Sea, was done in the period of one year, from 1 May 1996 to 1 May 1997. In total, 518 medical examinations of sick and injuried workers were conducted. At the first place in morbidity, there were injuries and poisonings (26.7% of all registered cases). Then followed musculo-skeletal (17.5%), respiratory (14.2%), gastrointestinal diseases (12.1%), mental disorders (10.3%), nervous system (9.2%), skin (6.5%), urogenital (2.9%) and circulatory system diseases (0.6%). Out of all cases, the hand and finger injuries (48.3%) were most frequent, followed by injuries of the leg (13.4%), eye (11.3%), head and neck (10.1%), arm (7.9%), foot (6.7%) and trunk (2.3%). To reduce the incidence of diseases and injuries, special attention should be paid to the workers' basic medical education, to protective measures and providing first aid at the work site.

Abstract

The analysis of diseases and injuries in the workers on an American oil rig, operating in the Mediterranean Sea, was done in the period of one year, from 1 May 1996 to 1 May 1997. In total, 518 medical examinations of sick and injuried workers were conducted. At the first place in morbidity, there were injuries and poisonings (26.7% of all registered cases). Then followed musculo-skeletal (17.5%), respiratory (14.2%), gastrointestinal diseases (12.1%), mental disorders (10.3%), nervous system (9.2%), skin (6.5%), urogenital (2.9%) and circulatory system diseases (0.6%). Out of all cases, the hand and finger injuries (48.3%) were most frequent, followed by injuries of the leg (13.4%), eye (11.3%), head and neck (10.1%), arm (7.9%), foot (6.7%) and trunk (2.3%). To reduce the incidence of diseases and injuries, special attention should be paid to the workers' basic medical education, to protective measures and providing first aid at the work site.
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Title

Work-related diseases and injuries on an oil rig

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 56, No 1-4 (2005)

Pages

56-66

Published online

2010-03-26

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2005;56(1-4):56-66.

Authors

Damir Valentić
Drazen Stojanović
Vladimir Mićović
Mihovil Vukelić

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