The association between nonstandard work and occupational injury in Korea

BACKGROUND: The number of workers who died due to occupational injury in Korea as of 2007 was 1,383. The aim of this study was to identify whether there were any differences in the risk of occupational injury between nonstandard workers (temporary workers and/or subcontract workers) and regular workers. METHODS: 1,576 injured workers, selected from National Health Insurance and National Workers' Compensation Insurance, were interviewed via telephone survey using standardized questionnaires in 2007. The control group was 1,500 workers matched for age, gender, and severity of injury. A multivariate logistic regression model was used to analyze the association between the type of nonstandard work and occupational injury. RESULTS: Nonstandard temporary workers were more likely to be injured than regular workers even if other related factors of occupational injury were statistically adjusted (adjusted odds ratio, OR 2.87, 95% confidence interval 2.37-3.49). CONCLUSIONS: The reason why the risks of nonstandard workers are higher than those of regular workers is that nonstandard workers are placed in poor working conditions.

Source : Im HJ, Oh DG, Ju YS, Kwon YJ, Jang TW, Yim J. Am. J. Ind. Med. 2012.

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