Prevalence of occupational injury among vegetable cultivators of West Bengal, India

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Jagannath Ghosh
Pratiti Ghosh
Subhashis Sahu

Abstract

Manual agricultural task is an accident prone task in the harsh working environment, with occupation related health problem and injuries. They are exposed to extensive usage of primitive tools, bearing awkward working postures, handling of chemicals during long working hours. This study thus aims at studying the prevalence of occupational injury of vegetable cultivators in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal.


A cross-sectional study on 181 male vegetable cultivators using traditional and/or modern agricultural techniques was conducted using predesigned survey questionnaire and direct observation of the mode of work. It was observed that 68% of mechanized workers and 86% of traditional workers suffered from cut accident (p<0.05). Traditional workers are more prone to occupational injuries like cut, fracture, sprain injury, etc. rather than mechanized cultivators, hinting at reduced work performance. Ergonomic interventions viz., natural working posture, work-rest schedule and optimization of body movements are required to reduce the prevalent accident frequency.

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Ghosh, J., Ghosh, P., & Sahu , S. . (2022). Prevalence of occupational injury among vegetable cultivators of West Bengal, India. INDIAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY AND ALLIED SCIENCES, 74(04), 16–20. https://doi.org/10.55184/ijpas.v74i04.46
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Author Biographies

Pratiti Ghosh, Prof and HOD of Physiology, West Bengal State University

Prof. Pratiti Ghosh, FABMS, Ex-Visiting Fellow, NIH, USA, is a Professor and Head in the Department of Physiology, West Bengal State University, India.  She received her Ph.D. Degree in Physiology with specialization in Microbiology from University of Calcutta. Parallel to the teaching she is also actively engaged in research in field of Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Lifestyle, Stress, Natural therapy & Yoga for more than twenty years and published more than hundred papers in national and international journals. She is a regular  reviewer of journals and students have been awarded Ph.D. degree under her guidance.

Subhashis Sahu , Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Kalyani

Dr. Subhashis Sahu presently working as Associate Professor and Head in the Department of Physiology, University of Kalyani., West Bengal, India.  He graduated from Presidency College and obtained MSc. and Ph.D Degrees in physiology with specilization in ergonomics from University of Calcutta. He had a versatile teaching experiences in medical colleges, Science colleges,  Institutes in India and abraod. Parallel to the teaching he is also actively engaged in research in field of ergonomics and occupational physiology for more than twenty years and published more than hundred papers in national and International Journals. He is the regular  reviewer of more that ten journals. Twelve students got PhD degree under his guidance. He is also working as as consultant and resource person in field of ergonomic in different national and international bodies.

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