n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Perceptions regarding occupational injuries by employees at Letaba hospital in Mopani district, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The study explored the perceptions of employees regarding occupational injuries at Letaba Hospital in Mopani District of South Africa. The qualitative exploratory design was conducted with thirty-five purposively selected participants. Five tape recorded focus group discussions were conducted. Data were analysed using Tesch's eight steps of data analysis. The participants experienced occupational injuries such as burns, falling from ladders and needle pricks due to negligence in the use of Personal Protective Equipments. The findings revealed that even though the participants knew about occupational injuries, some blamed others, jealous and witchcraft as causes of injuries. Negative perceptions and experiences of the employees toward the use of Personal Protective Equipment were still a challenge to some participants. The study concluded that employees with negative perceptions and experiences regarding occupational injuries put low preventive effort and become exposed to injuries as a result of ignorance. The study recommended that in order to prevent occupational injuries, strategies be put in place to ensure that employees value what they are taught and associate occupational health and safety practices with the benefits they bring.

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