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Labour Inspectorate: the number of accidents at work is still high


2674 occupational accidents were registered in the first half-year. 2019 of them were minor and 550 serious. Three people lost their lives at work. The circumstances of 102 cases are still being clarified.

Compared to previous year, the number of occupational accidents has remained at the same level. In 2017, in the same period 2692 accidents were registered, of which 2063 were minor and 628 serious. Compared to last year when one employee died, already three have lost their lives this year.

According to Director General of Labour Inspectorate Maret Maripuu, the number of occupational accidents has slightly declined but there’s no reason to rejoice. „With every accident at work somebody has suffered. Accident causes loss to the employee, to its family, to the employer, to the state and to the society,“ she said. „All accidents at work cannot be avoided but the majority of them could be prevented if safety precautions are being followed and enough time is dedicated to instruct and train the employees,“ added Maripuu.

The most occupational accidents continuingly occur in the metal industry with 285 accidents. Followed by trade (258), national defence (251) and timber industry (211). Compared to last year, the number of accidents in the trade sector has increased the most. The number of accidents in art and entertainment sector has decreased the most. Majority of occupational accidents occur in Tallinn, Harju county and Võru county, the least accidents take place in Hiiumaa. Compared to last year the number of occupational accidents has decreased the most in Tallinn and Lääne-Viru county. The highest number of accidents involving Estonian employees abroad occurred in Finland and Sweden.

Source: Labour Inspectorate

Labour Inspectorate: the number of accidents at work is still high
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