An Investigation into the Influence of certain Variables Affecting the Accident Rate among the Sugar Mill workers on the Natal North Coast
This study was conducted in five sugar mills which are situated on the Natal North Coast. Data for the research were obtained from accident report forms and some personal information was obtained from the personnel files. It was not always possible to get some personal data because the employees had left work. Every individual who had had accidents during 1976 was taken into consideration, therefore, this was a study of the whole population and not a sample of the population. Research findings show that there are differences in the accident rate from industry to industry and also there is difference between companies in the same industry. There was vast differences among the five sugar mills. These variations can be attributed to the size of the company, nature of operation, or the safety record of the company. The hypotheses were that younger workers have more accidents than older workers and that inexperienced employees have more accidents than experienced ones. The former hypothesis was rejected, meaning that older workers have more accidents than younger workers, while the latter hypothesis was accepted. Research findings on the former hypothesis are not entirely consistent. Owing to the forms not being completed fully in many cases, the unavailability of personal information, the recording of wrong accident times, or illegibility of many forms, the present study could not reach a definite conclusion on most of the variables that were studied.