Safety and Health in the Workplace ...Types of Injuries, Parts of Body Injured, Causes and Agents of Injuries (2nd of a Series on Occupational Injuries and Diseases)

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
           The 2015/2016 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE) is one of the regular establishment-based surveys of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) which is conducted every two (2) years. The survey covered a total of 12,926 agricultural and non-agricultural establishments employing 20 or more workers nationwide. The main objective of the survey is to generate integrated data sets on employment of specific groups of workers; occupational shortages and surpluses; training of workers; productivity-based incentive schemes; occupational safety and health practices; and occupational injuries and diseases. These data are valuable inputs to studies on industry trends and practices and serve as bases for the formulation of policies on employment, conditions of work and industrial relations. To some extent, the survey results will also be used to assess the progress of decent work in the country.
           This series of LABSTAT Updates presents the results of the 2015/2016 Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment (ISLE). Specifically, this 2nd issue highlights the module on “Occupational Injuries and Diseases” focusing on the types of occupational injuries that resulted to workdays lost of employees in establishments; parts of body injured; and causes and agents of occupational injuries in 2015. Some comparisons with those of the 2013 survey results were likewise shown in this issue.
             The metadata and the statistical tables on the survey results of the 2015/2016 ISLE are posted at the PSA website at
Superficial injuries and open wounds still the most common types of occupational injuries 
  • For both the 2015 and 2013 survey rounds, superficial injuries and open wounds were the most common types of occupational injuries that resulted in workdays lost to workers employed in various establishments nationwide.  (Table 1)
  • This type of occupational injuries accounted for more than half (56.2%) of the total 17,859 reported cases with workdays lost in 2015. This share was slightly lower by 5.5 percentage points compared to 61.7 percent share in 2013.
  • Specifically, superficial injuries and open wounds was prevalent in real estates industry (86.4%) in 2015, and in professional, scientific and technical activities (74.8%) in 2013.
  • The next common type of occupational injury includes dislocations, sprains, and strains at 12.6 percent in 2015, 2.9 percent higher compared to the 9.7 percent share in 2013.
  • Other types of occupational injuries sustained by workers in 2015 include fractures (8.8%); burns, corrosions, scalds and frostbites (8.4%); and foreign body in the eye (6.2%).


                                   Note: Details may not add up to totals due to rounding.

                                   Source of data:  Philippine Statistics Authority, Integrated Survey on Labor and Employment.
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