Non-fatal work accidents slightly rise in H2 2018

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Claims for non-fatal work accidents were up by 0.6%, totalling ten in number, during the second half of 2018, as compared to the same period a year earlier, according to a report published by Malta’s National Statistical Office (NSO).

A total of 1,599 people were involved in non-fatal accidents at work in the last six months of 2018, the NSO reports citing administrative records. The manufacturing sector saw the highest number of these accidents, amounting at 282 (17.6% of the total). Another 233 (14.6%) accidents occurred in the construction sector, while 228 (14.3%) accidents took place in the transport and storage industries.

Although the number of accidents decreased by 33 in accommodation and food service activities in H2 2018, as compared to the same period a year earlier, the administration and support service activities saw an increase of 20.

Some 33.8% of the accidents at work took place in enterprises with more than 500 employees, 12% happened in enterprises with 250-499 employees, 25.4% took place in enterprises with 50-249 employees, 14.7% occurred in enterprises with 10-49 employees, 8.4% took place in enterprises with 1-9 employees and 4.6% happened to the self-employed.

The number of non-fatal accidents per 100,000 employed people was reported at 1,400. Three fatal accidents at work were recorded in H2 2018 in total, while no deadly accidents took place in the same period a year earlier.

Data on non-fatal accidents at work is provided by the Department of Social Security, while the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) gives that on fatal accidents at work, the NSO says in the methodological notes.

The full report including charts and visual representation of data is available for download at the website of NSO.