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|Title||OCCUPATIONAL DEATHS AND INJURIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY|
The advancement in social sciences has promoted a greater awareness of the sanctity of life and the unacceptability of premature death due to accidents. This paper aims to analyze the characteristics of occupational deaths and injuries in the construction industry of Gaza Strip from 1998-2009. Formal personal interview used to explore an overall view of construction accidents and serious injuries. In addition, statistical data were obtained from the Ministry of Labor in Gaza-Strip. The study shows that, the maximum number of injury is 351 in 1999, where the maximum number of occupational death is five in 1999. In addition, the upper parts of body are the most popular injuries in construction industry with proportion 44%. The most common type in non-fatal injuries is a contusion or bruise that is not causing disability, and it was been followed by fracture and the nature of injury with 0% disability have maximum proportion 84%. Also study show that, the main causes of injuries in the Gaza Strip are classified into four categories,(1) work environment (2) caught in/between,(3) machines, and (4) others causes. The research concludes that the absence of a unified set of safety regulations adversely affects the enforcement of safety on the job site.
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