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SOUZA, Carlos Augusto Vaz de  and  FREITAS, Carlos Machado de. Analisys of work-related accidents and incidents in an oil refinery in Rio de Janeiro. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2003, vol.19, n.5, pp.1293-1303. ISSN 1678-4464.

Accidents in the chemical industry can have serious consequences for workers, communities, and the environment and are thus highly relevant to public health. This article is the result of an occupational surveillance project involving several public institutions. We analyze 800 work-related accidents that resulted in injuries, environmental damage, or loss of production in 1997 in an oil refinery located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The methodology was based on managerial and organizational approaches to accident investigation, with the European Union reporting system as the reference. The results highlight various limitations in the process of reporting and investigating accidents, as well as a certain hierarchy of accidents, with more attention given to accidents involving loss of production and less to those resulting in injuries, particularly among outsourced workers.

Keywords : Occupational Accidents; Petroleum; Ocupational Health; Records.

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