09/12/2008

Accident Prevention

Slips, trips and falls are the largest cause of accidents in all sectors from
heavy manufacturing to office work. Other hazards include falling objects,
thermal and chemical burns, fires and explosions, dangerous substances and
stress. To prevent accidents occurring in the workplace, employers should
establish a safety management system that incorporates risk assessment and
monitoring procedures.

Accidents can kill and maim. They affect all sectors of the economy, but the
problem is particularly acute in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

As well as the cost in terms of lost lives and suffering to workers and their
families, accidents affect business and society as a whole. Fewer accidents
means less sick leave, which results in lower costs and less disruption to the
production process. It also saves employers the expense of recruiting and
training new staff, and can cut the cost of early retirement and insurance
pay-outs.

The key facts are:

  • Every few minutes somebody dies from work-related causes in the European
    Union
  • Every year hundreds of thousands of employees are injured at work

  • Men have more accidents than women

  • Young workers have a much higher accident rate than other age groups; older
    workers have more fatal accidents

  • The rate of accidents is higher in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

  • Accident rates are higher in some sectors, including agriculture and
    construction

  • Accidents occurring at night tend to be more fatal than ones occurring at
    other times.

  • Wounds and superficial injuries are the most common type of injury

  • Workers on shift work have a higher accident rate


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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at work