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Abstract

GARRONE NETO, Domingos; CORDEIRO, Ricardo Carlos  and  HADDAD JR., Vidal. Work-related accidents in traditional fishermen from the Medium Araguaia River region, Tocantins, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.3, pp. 795-803. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2005000300013.

This is a cross-sectional study of work-related accidents among traditional fishermen in the Medium Araguaia River region of Tocantins, Brazil. From June to August 2002, fishermen from the Municipality of Araguacema were interviewed about the organization of their work activities and work-related accidents during the previous six months. Of the 92 participating fishermen, 56 reported having suffered a work-related accident (annual incidence was 82.6%). Some 95.7% of those interviewed did not regularly pay social security insurance as self-employed workers and were not aware of their social rights and duties. For fishermen reporting accidents, this proportion was 98.2%. Approximately 23.0% had another work activity, mainly as construction workers (47.6%) or sport-fishing guides (23.9%). Injuries inflicted by aquatic animals were the main form of accidents (about 86.0%). From these results, it is apparent that accidents from aquatic animals are an important health hazard, in some cases causing temporary work incapacity.

Keywords : Occupational Accidents; Workers; Aquatic Fauna; Incidence.

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