Risk of fatal and non-fatal occupational injury in foreign workers in Spain

Emily Q. Ahonen, Fernando G. Benavides

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Study objective: In the past decade, Spain has experienced dramatic growth of its immigrant population. Available information on the occupational conditions of foreign workers is scarce. This study aims to add to this information by describing occupational injuries in foreign workers in Spain. Design, setting, participants: Data were analysed from the 2003 Ministry of Labour and Social Issues registry of non-fatal and fatal occupational injury in insured workers. The population at risk was estimated from the Social Security Affiliation Registry as of 31 December 2003. Comparing Spanish with foreign workers and also considering age and sex, incidence rates and relative risks, and their confidence intervals at 95%, were calculated within each population group. Main results: In women and in men, and in every age group, foreign workers had an increased risk of non-fatal and fatal occupational injury compared with Spanish workers. The differences were especially notable in foreign women workers and in older workers. Conclusions: Many factors probably combine to cause the differences found in this study. Better data collection on the situation of foreign workers is needed to understand these facts and apply appropriate public health solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-426
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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