Work accidents: did you know?
A safe, healthy working environment is a crucial factor in an individual’s quality of life and is also a collective concern. Social and economic benefits of better health and safety at work are universally recognised. But an accident may occur during the course of work and lead to physical or mental harm.
In 2014, there were in the EU 3 739 fatal accidents. Fatal accidents at work are those that lead to the death of the victim within one year.
In the same period, there were close to 3.2 million non-fatal accidents that resulted in at least four calendar days of absence from work. This gives 850 non-fatal accidents for every fatal one. There was a slight increase in the number of accidents at work in the EU between 2013 and 2014, with 49 thousand more non-fatal accidents and 65 more fatal accidents.
Non-fatal accidents at work collected are those that imply at least four full calendar days of absence from work (they are sometimes also called ‘serious accidents at work’). Non-fatal accidents at work often involve considerable harm for the workers concerned and their families and they have the potential to force people, for example, to live with a permanent disability, to leave the labour market, or to change job; indeed, they result in a considerable number of days of work being lost within the European economy.
Men were considerably more likely than women to have an accident at work. In more than two out of every three (68.7 %) non-fatal accidents at work involved men.
The highest standardised incidence of fatal accidents at work in 2014 was recorded in Romania (7.1 deaths per 100 000 persons employed). By contrast, at the other end of the range, the Netherlands recorded the lowest standardised incidence rate, 1.0 fatal accidents per 100 000 persons employed.
The construction, transportation and storage, manufacturing, and agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors together accounted for just over two thirds (67.2 %) of all fatal accidents at work.