21.09.2009

Global trend of occupational accidents and fatal work-related diseases

Päivi Hämäläinen, Kaija Leena Saarela, Jukka Takala present the trend of global
occupational accidents and work-related diseases at region and country levels
in the Journal of Safety Research.

The years 1998, 2001, and 2003 are compared in the case of occupational
accidents and the years 2000 and 2002 in the case of work-related diseases.
Results: The total number of occupational accidents and fatal work-related
diseases has increased, but the fatality rates per 100,000 workers have
decreased. Each day 5,330 people die because of work-related diseases.
Conclusions: Information on occupational accidents and work-related diseases is
needed so that countries may understand better the importance of occupational
health and safety at country and company level. Statistical data is essential
for accident prevention; it is a starting point for the safety work.

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