Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia
Print version ISSN 1415-790X
AMORIM, Camila Rego; ARAUJO, Edna Maria de; ARAUJO, Tânia Maria de and OLIVEIRA, Nelson Fernandes de. Occupational accidents among mototaxi drivers. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2012, vol.15, n.1, pp. 25-37. ISSN 1415-790X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-790X2012000100003.
The use of motorcycles as a means of work has contributed to the increase in traffic accidents, in particular, mototaxi accidents. The aim of this study was to estimate and characterize the incidence of occupational accidents among the mototaxis registered in Feira de Santana, BA. This is a cross-sectional study with descriptive and census data. Of the 300 professionals registered at the Municipal Transportation Service, 267 professionals were interviewed through a structured questionnaire. Then, a descriptive analysis was conducted and the incidence of accidents was estimated based on the variables studied. Relative risks were calculated and statistical significance was determined using the chi-square test and Fisher's exact test, considering p < 0.05. Logistic regression was used in order to perform simultaneous adjustment of variables. Occupational accidents were observed in 10.5% of mototaxis. There were mainly minor injuries (48.7%), 27% of them requiring leaves of absence from work. There was an association between the days of work per week, fatigue in lower limbs and musculoskeletal complaints, and accidents. Knowledge of the working conditions and accidents involved in this activity can be of great importance for the adoption of traffic education policies, and to help prevent accidents by improving the working conditions and lives of these professionals.
Keywords : Occupational health; Working conditions; Occupational accidents; Traffic accidents; Occupational risks; Epidemiology.