No fatal accidents at the workplace despite increase in incidence

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1,667 persons were involved in a non-fatal accident at work in the last six months of 2019. Statistically, in 2019, 1,281 non-fatal accidents per 100,000 employed persons were reported. No fatal accidents were reported between July and December 2019. In the corresponding period of 2018, the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) reported three fatalities at work. 

The highest standardised incidence rate of non-fatal accidents at work was recorded in manufacturing followed by construction and transportation and storage. 

The statisicts for the second half of 2019, the majority of these non-fatal accidents occurred in the manufacturing sector (16.5 per cent). 13.2 per cent of the accidents (220) happened in the construction sector followed by the transport and storage sector (203 or 12.2 per cent). When compared to the same period in 2018, the number of accidents decreased by 25 in transport and storage and increased by 49 in the human health and social work activities.  

The data published by the NSO indicate that the largest share of accidents at work during the reference period involved persons working in elementary occupations followed by craft and related trades workers 

According to the statistics 44.2 per cent of the injuries at work affected parts of the body, such as the fingers and hands. Wounds and superficial injuries, and dislocations, sprains and strains were the most common types of injuries, amounting to 937 and 395 cases respectively. 

In the second half of 2019, 30.8 per cent of the accidents at work took place in enterprises with more than 500 employees.