Magazine 4 - Preventing Accidents at Work
Accident rates at work have remained persistently high over the last decade. Most recent statistics show that almost 5 500 people in the European Union lose their lives at work each year and a far greater number are injured. As well as the human suffering involved, there is the economic impact. Every year, the direct insurance costs alone of workplace accidents are estimated to be €20 billion and 149 million working days are lost. Individuals, businesses and society all pay the price. So it is vital to stay on our guard against accident risks.