The prevalence and risk factors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among workers injured in Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh

Am J Ind Med. 2015 Jul;58(7):756-63. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22471. Epub 2015 May 12.


Objectives: Prevalence and risk factors of PTSD among injured garment workers who survived a major factory collapse.

Methods: Survivors receiving treatment or rehabilitation care at one year post event were surveyed, which included Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Checklist Specific version.

Results: The respondents consisted of 181 people with a mean age of 27.8 years and a majority had less than high school education (91.2%). Multivariable logistic regression found that the odds of having PTSD was higher among married (OR: 3.2 [95% CI: 1.3-8.0]), those who used to work more than 70 hr/week (OR: 2.4 [1.1-5.3]), workers who used to hold higher job positions (OR: 2.6 [1.2-5.6]) or who had a concussion injury (OR: 3.7 [1.4-9.8]). Among the respondents, 83.4% remained unemployed, and only 57.3% (63 people) reported receiving a quarter or less of what they were promised as compensation.

Conclusions: Probable PTSD was prevalent among surviving workers of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bangladesh / epidemiology
  • Employment / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Marital Status
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology
  • Odds Ratio
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / epidemiology*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / etiology
  • Structure Collapse*
  • Survivors / psychology*
  • Textile Industry*
  • Work / psychology
  • Young Adult