A new, practical tool to help businesses evaluate the true impact of workplace
accidents and conduct cost-benefit analyses of preventive measures has been
launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.
Currently, every year nearly 5 million employees in the EU suffer from
work-related accidents involving more than three days absence from work, and a
further 5,500 are killed. Besides the human suffering, these accidents have a
strong economic impact on business, as 150 million workdays are lost and the
insurance costs to be borne by industry add up to EUR 20 billion.
Agency Director, Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, commented: “This new tool will enable
businesses and all those involved in prevention at vompany level to get a
realistic overview of the total costs of occupational accidents and diseases
and document the benefits of preventing them. It will help to demonstrate that
“good safety and health is good business” as prevention of work related
injuries not only reduces costs, but also contributes to improving company
AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work