Over 4,500 occupational accidents logged in 11 months in Estonia

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12/13/2016 12:26 PM
Source: BNS
Category: News

A total of 4,535 occupational accidents took place during the first 11 months of the year in Estonia, 19 of which resulted in death. This reflects a very slight increase over the same period last year, during which 4,448 such accidents were logged.

Of the accidents that occurred this year, 3,614 were minor, while 900 were classified as severe. The circumstances of 189 accidents are still being investigated.

The biggest share of occupational accidents took place in the metallurgical industry, trade and construction. Every fifth occupational accident was connected with falling.

According to Director General of the Labor Inspectorate Maret Maripuu, investigations showed that at least half of the occupational accidents that resulted in the death of a person could have been avoided if relevant occupational safety requirements had been followed.

During the 11-month period this year, 180 occupational accidents involving Estonian workers took place abroad, three of which resulted in death. The biggest share of occupational accidents involving Estonian workers took place in Finland, Sweden and Germany.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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