Does job stress affect injury due to labor accident in Japanese male and female blue-collar workers?

Ind Health. 2000 Apr;38(2):246-51. doi: 10.2486/indhealth.38.246.


To clarify whether job stressors affecting injury due to labor accidents differ between Japanese male and female blue-collar workers, the Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ), assessing dimensions of job stressors based on the demand-control-support model, was applied to 139 blue-collar workers in a manufacturing factory. Of them, 24 male and 15 female workers suffered from injuries at work. In the female workers with the experience of work injury, the job demand score and job strain index (i.e., the ratio of job demand to job control) of the JCQ were significantly higher and the score of coworker support was significantly lower, than those in the female workers without the experience. High job demand (or, high job strain and low coworker support) was significantly related to work injury in all the female workers. Between the male workers with and without work injury, however, there was no significant difference in any job stressors. This pilot study suggests that high job strain (specifically, high job demand), as well as low coworker support, are important factors affecting work injury in Japanese female blue-collar workers. Further research with a large number of male blue-collar workers will be required to seek other factors that may be associated with work injury.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational*
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Support
  • Stress, Psychological*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires