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Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo

versión On-line ISSN 1989-7790versión impresa ISSN 0465-546X


VASQUEZ TRESPALACIOS, Elsa María. Sickness absence in workers from an operating area of a mining company in Colombia, 2011. Med. segur. trab. [online]. 2013, vol.59, n.230, pp.93-101. ISSN 1989-7790.

Introduction: The mining sector is one of the most dynamic in Colombian economy, however, little is known about absenteeism. Aim: To describe the extent of sickness absence in an operating area of a mining company in Colombia, in 2011. Material and Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional study, which analyzed 130 sickness absences. The episodes were categorized according to diagnostic groups of the International Classification of Diseases version 10 (ICD-10) and calculated rates of absenteeism. Results and discussion: 66.9% of absences were due to general illness and 33.3% of accidents at work. The average absence is 4.28 +/-5.64 days per worker. Most of absence days were generated by musculoskeletal diseases and injuries and poisoning, similar to that reported by others. Work accidents generated 315 days of absence. 19 repetitive absentee contributed a total of 100 lost days. The average age of a repetitive absentee is 28.6 years +/-6.7. The chronic absentee generated a loss of 258 days per 100 scheduled workers.

Palabras clave : Absenteeism; mining; sickness absence; diagnostic group.

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