Work-related eye injuries: prevalence, work capacity and risk factors in Latvia 2009–2019

Jeļena Aleksejeva, Sandra Ausekle

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Abstract

The aim of the study is an analysis of work ability, risk factors and causes for people with work-related eye injuries in 2009 -2019 in Latvia. The study includes people with work-related eye injuries who applied to the State Medical Commission for the Assessment of Health Condition and Working Ability for work capacity assessment from 2009-2019. During the period specified, primary were determined 34 people (average 3,1/year) with eye injuries acquired at work. Results of medical assessment: 11,8% (4) had a grave form of disability and loss of ability to work from 80-100% (average 91,7%, SD +/- 10,4), 2,9% (1) - severe disability and loss of ability to work 70%, 70,6% (24) - moderate disability and loss of ability to work from 25-50% (average 27%, SD +/- 6,9) and 14,7% (5) - a loss of ability to work 10-20% (average 18%, SD +/- 4,5). There were 91% (31) men, 9% (3) – women; 64,7% (22) - in the age group of 20-44 years, 35,3% (14) - in the age group of 45-59 years. The average age was 39 years (min–21, max-59). Work injuries mostly affect one eye – 85,3% (29), but both eyes - 14,7% (5). Classifying the eye injuries by mechanism - 58,8% (20) were perforation, 23,5% (8) – contusion, 11,8% (4) - chemical or thermal eye injuries, 59% (2) - combined injuries, by economic sector - in industry 73,5% (25), in agriculture 14,7% (5),  others 11,8% (4). Significant loss of functional ability occurred 85,3% of people who had an eye injury at work. As a result of work injury, 11,8% have become blind. Main risk factors: industry worker, a man, aged 20-44. Epidemiological data shows, that 90% of work-related eye injuries are preventable. Improving prevention significantly reduces the risk of loss of ability to work and functioning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages124
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes
EventRSU Research week 2021: Society. Health. Welfare: Society Health Welfare - Rīga, Latvia
Duration: 24 Mar 202126 Mar 2021
https://rw2021.rsu.lv/conferences/society-health-welfare

Conference

ConferenceRSU Research week 2021: Society. Health. Welfare
CountryLatvia
CityRīga
Period24/03/2126/03/21
Internet address

Field of Science

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)

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