Latest data published by the National Statistics Office (NSO) shows that the number of claims in respect of non-fatal accidents at work in the first half of 2018 increased by 60, or 3.8 per cent, compared to the corresponding period in 2017. One fatal accident at work was reported in the first half of 2018.
Administrative records show that 1,653 persons were involved in a non-fatal accident at work in the first six months of 2018. The majority of these non-fatal accidents occurred in manufacturing (15.4 per cent). Another 249 or 15.1 per cent of the accidents occurred in construction followed by transportation and storage (226 or 13.7 per cent).
When compared to the same period in 2017, the number of accidents decreased by 22 in human health and social work activities and increased by 34 in Administrative and support service activities.
The largest share of accidents at work during the reference period involved persons working in elementary occupations (29.1 per cent) followed by craft and related trades workers (20.3 per cent). Slightly more than half of the persons injured in non-fatal accidents were aged between 25 and 44.
Almost half (45.8 per cent) of the injuries at work affected the upper extremities of the body, such as the fingers and hands. Wounds and superficial injuries, and dislocations, sprains and strains were the most common types of injuries, amounting to 980 and 374 cases respectively.
In the first half of 2018, nearly a third of the accidents at work took place in enterprises with more than 500 employees while a quarter of the accidents took place in enterprises with 50 to 249 employees.
The majority of persons injured in non-fatal accidents were employed on full-time basis (89.5 per cent). In 2017, 1,498 non-fatal accidents per 100,000 employed persons were reported. The highest standardised incidence rate of non-fatal accidents at work was recorded in manufacturing followed by construction and transportation and storage.
Between January and June 2018, the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) reported one fatal accident at work. There was also one fatality at work in the corresponding period of 2017.