19.06.2019

Accidents, deaths and health problems at work: the costs for Europe

Although many countries realize the importance of Occupational Safety and
Health (OSH), according to the International Labour Office many workers still
face unhealthy and unsafe working conditions. In the EU-28 in 2013, there were approximately 3.1 million non-fatal accidents with at
least four days of absence and 3,674 fatal accidents in the EU-28. In the same
year, the percentage of the EU-28 population suffering from one or more
work-related health problems, caused or made worse by work, was on average 7.4
%.

A healthy and safe work environment is not only desirable from the workers'
perspective, but also contributes considerably to labour productivity and
promotes economic growth. OSH increases thecompetitiveness and productivity of enterprises by reducing costs resulting
from accidents at work and work-related health problems and by enhancing worker
motivation. Moreover, a decrease in accidents and work-related health problems
relieves pressure on public and private social protection, insurance and
pension systems.

An OSHwiki article provides additional information for the EU-OSHA technical
report "Estimating the costs of work-related accidents and ill-health: An
analyis of European data sources" and its summary. It was produced in the
context of a long-term research project which aims to develop an economic
costing model to establish reliable estimates of the costs.

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