Personal protective equipment (PPE) use and its relation to accidents among construction workers

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Radwa Sehsah
Abdel-Hady El-Gilany
Ateya Megahed Ibrahim


Accidents; Construction; PPE; Safety


Background: Construction industry is considered one of the most dangerous occupations with high prevalence of accidents and injuries. Lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) use during work can significantly increase the risk of accidents. Objectives: Main objectives of current study was to measure prevalence of PPE use and accidents and their associated factors among construction workers. Methods: A cross sectional field study with an analytic component on 384 workers was carried out in Port-Said city, Egypt using an interview administered questionnaire to construction workers from different sites. Questionnaire included sociodemographic and occupational data, practice of PPE use and accidents analysis. Results: About 60% of workers use PPE during work. Main reasons for non-use are uncomfortable PPE, lack of knowledge on how to use and poor fit. Occupational accidents in the last 12 months were reported by 64.3% of workers. Hit by falling objects, falls from height and tool related accidents were the main accidents’ types. Safety training was the significant independent predictor of PPE use (AOR= 2.0), while age, marital status, smoking, safety training and PPE use were significant independent predictors of accidents (AOR= 2.4, 3.1, 0.5, 0.5 & 0.2; respectively). Discussion: Among construction workers, PPE utilization is low with significant relation to safety training while occupational accidents are common and significantly related to safety training and PPE use. Therefore, safety training should be provided, and PPE use should be enforced in construction sites.

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