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With increasing electrification and mechanization in rural areas, industrial drive-belt or patta injuries have posed a serious problem. Most of these severe injuries come to hospital, Eighty-eight cases admitted to the SRN Hospital which is attached to MLN Medical College, Allahabad, over 3 years from 1977 to 1979 have been reviewed. This type of injury constituted 3.22 per cent of the total rural orthopaedic accidents (36.27 per cent of total accidents) and involved, exclusively, growing children and young people of working age. It was directly responsible for 9.09 per cent of deaths. This serious and disabling accident usually resulted from neglect or carelessness of workers and lack of adequate safety measures.
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