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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3834827, 11 pages
Research Article

Gender Differences in Commuting Injuries in Spain and Their Impact on Injury Prevention

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Burgos, Burgos, Spain

Correspondence should be addressed to Óscar J. González Alcántara

Received 15 September 2017; Accepted 18 October 2017; Published 26 November 2017

Academic Editor: Francesco Massoni

Copyright © 2017 Miguel A. Camino López et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A gender analysis of workers injured while commuting in Spain is presented, distinguishing between injury due to traffic-related accidents and injury due to other causes. Method. A total of 266,646 traffic-related injuries and 168,129 nontraffic-related injuries are studied over the period 2006–2010. Results. In Spain, the accident rate recorded in working hours is much higher among men; nevertheless, it is curious that commuting-related accident rates are higher among women than men, in both traffic-related injuries and nontraffic-related injuries. The study of the frequency distribution confirmed that many more injuries occurred in Spain while commuting to work rather than from work and that women suffered twice as many injuries as men at nine in the morning. Musculoskeletal disorders are the only injuries that registered a higher number of cases among women and falls to the same level are the most relevant cause among women. Conclusions. The analysis of these and more findings established that a great effort should go into the promotion of preventive measures in favour of women workers. These results may encourage companies to modify their accident prevention plans, so as to increase their effectiveness in the struggle against occupational accidents following the five points described in this article.