02/08/2018

27 Occupational Injuries in 2017 in Norway

The Labor Inspectorate registered 27 deaths in the country-based workforce in
Norway in 2017. Thus, the number of occupational injuries falls at a
historically low level.


Despite a slight increase from 25 occupational injuries in 2016 to 27
occupational injuries in 2017, the number is well below the average for the
past six years. In the period 2012 to 2017, there are on average 36
occupational injuries per year. By 2017, there were a total of 26 accidents
involving workers. One of the occupational accidents resulted in two deaths.


"I am pleased that the number of occupational injuries is still below the
average in recent years. Nevertheless, 27 occupational injuries are 27 too
much. Therefore, it is important that all the players in the workforce work
even more and even better in preventing accidents, "says Trude Vollheim,
Director of Labor Inspection.


When the Labor Inspectorate analyzes occupational accidents, we see that there
have often been no adequate measures taken to safeguard safety. In many cases,
risk assessments have not been made, the risk assessments have been inadequate,
or the perpetrator has not received sufficient training.


"Most accidents in the workplace could have been avoided. Security must be
created and recreated every single day, "says Vollheim.

Fewer foreigners died at work in 2017

Six of those killed in 2017 were foreign workers. This is the lowest registered
number since 2013. The proportion of foreign workers is on the same level in
2017 as the average for the last six years.


In the period 2013-2016 we have seen an increase in the proportion of foreign
workers among the perpetrators. By 2016 this proportion was 40 percent, that
is, 10 of 25 deaths, while in 2017 22 percent of the foreigners were killed.
The lower proportion in 2017 is due to the fact that the number of Norwegian
workers as deaths increased somewhat compared with 2016, while the number of
foreign workers as a perjury decreased.


"It is too early to say whether the decline in the proportion of foreign
workers among the perpetrators from 2016 to 2017 is a sign that developments
have reversed. There are small numbers, and changes from one year to another do
not provide grounds for concluding. Then we must see a trend over several
years. It is nevertheless positive to see that the number of foreign workers
who lose their lives at work is significantly lower in 2017 compared to the
previous years, says Trude Vollheim, Director of Labor Inspection.


Five of the six foreign workers who died in 2017 came from EU countries in
eastern Europe, while one was a Swedish citizen. Three of the lost work in the
construction industry, two in industry and one were employed in the business
business service industry.

Many of the risky industries employ foreign workers. During the winter, the
Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority will come up with a report that examines
the risk of foreign workers in the Norwegian land-based workforce.


Most occupational injuries in construction


The construction industry is one of the most risky industries in the Norwegian
land-based workforce, and has historically had a significant share of the
annual occupational injuries. Also in 2017, construction is the industry with
the highest number of occupational injuries. There were seven occupational
injuries in construction in 2017, against eight in 2016. The average in the
industry for the period 2012-2017 is eight deaths per year.


"At industry level, it is working hard and seriously to reduce the number of
accidents in construction and construction. However, many of the businesses
still have a great potential for improvement. Working systematically with
health, safety and environment is essential to reduce the risk of occupational
accidents and occupational injuries. The employer is responsible for risk
assessing the work, providing necessary security measures and providing good
training to the employees, "says Vollheim.


The Labor Inspectorate will continue to make an effort in risky industries with
supervision and guidance and cooperation with key actors. In 2018, the broad
efforts in the four industries will continue, as in 2017, and historically,
most of the occupational injuries have occurred: Construction, agriculture,
forestry and fisheries, industry and transport and storage. In addition, the
Labor Inspectorate will also work for permanent improvements in the working
environment of risky businesses in other industries in the country-based
workforce. The construction industry also continues the industry cooperation
for safety.

Increase in occupational injury in transport and storage and industry

Six occupational injuries were reported in transport and storage in 2017. These
are two deaths more than in 2016. In all six accidents, the lost worker was the
driver of vehicles. Bus was involved in two of the accidents.


In industry, five occupational injuries were registered in 2017. This implies
an increase from the previous two years. There were no registered deaths in the
industry in 2016 and two deaths in 2015. In one of the industrial accidents in
2017, two workers died.


Fewer occupational injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing

In agriculture, forestry and fisheries, three occupational injuries were
registered in 2017. This is the lowest registered number in the industry for
the period 2012-2017, with an average of six work-related deaths per year
recorded. Two of the deaths occurred in connection with forest work and one in
connection with construction work.

Business services at the same level as in 2016

Three deaths were registered in 2017 business business services, the same as in
2016. Two of these accidents occurred in connection with the repair or
maintenance of vehicles. One accident occurred in connection with agriculture.


Few women die at work


One woman died at work in 2017. This is the same as in 2016. The woman died as
a result of an act of violence. On average, in the period 2012-2017, two women
per year died.

AplusA-online.de - Source: Labour Inspectorate - Arbeidstilsynet