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Determinants of occupational health hazards among roadside automobile mechanics in Sokoto Metropolis, Nigeria
Annals of African Medicine ; 19(2), p.80-88, tab., 2020
Article in English | AIM (Africa) | ID: afr-201956
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ABSTRACT
Roadside automobile mechanics are in the course of their work exposed to several hazards that put them at risk of severe debilitating health challenges. This group of workers, however, is reported not to know much about such hazards and to have little or no training on workplace safety.

Aim:

The study aimed to identify the determinants of occupational health hazards among roadside automobile mechanics in Sokoto Metropolis.

Methodology:

This was a descriptive, cross-sectional study, and using a two-stage sampling technique, a total of 205 roadside mechanics were recruited for the study. A semi-structured interviewer-administered questionnaire was used, and the data were imputed into and analyzed using IBM SPSS.

Results:

The mean age of the respondents was 31.10 ± 10.19 years, and over one-third of them (38.1%) were general vehicle repairers. Majority of the respondents had good knowledge of and attitude toward workplace hazards. However, a good proportion (91.0%) of the mechanics felt that their occupation was a risky one and 80.1% ate and 86.1% drank while working. Type of training and job description were the predictors of knowledge of workplace hazards. Job description was the only predictor of attitude. Burns, bruises, headache/dizziness, and cuts were the most reported work-related illnesses and injuries.

Conclusion:

Although most of the auto-mechanics were aware and had good knowledge of workplace hazards, they did not adhere to safety practices in the workplace, mostly due to nonavailability of protective apparels. There is, therefore, need for continuous health education under the platform of the auto-mechanics association so that they can voluntarily adopt safety practices in their workplace.
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Full text: Available Index: AIM (Africa) Main subject: Health / Risk / Mechanics / Nigeria Type of study: Etiology_studies / Prognostic_studies / Qualitative_research / Risk_factors_studies Country/Region as subject: Africa Language: English Journal: Annals of African Medicine Year: 2020 Type: Article

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Full text: Available Index: AIM (Africa) Main subject: Health / Risk / Mechanics / Nigeria Type of study: Etiology_studies / Prognostic_studies / Qualitative_research / Risk_factors_studies Country/Region as subject: Africa Language: English Journal: Annals of African Medicine Year: 2020 Type: Article