BELGIUM: All about accidents at work and commuting accidents in 2021

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The number of occupational and commuting accident reports had fallen sharply in 2020 compared to 2019 due to the pandemic. Even if it slightly increased in 2021, it remains lower than in 2019, according to the annual report that Fedris has just published for 2021.

Insurance companies recognised 105,286 work-related accidents last year, or 41.5 per 1,000 full-time workers. Young people (20-29 years old) are the most affected (54 per 1000). On the other hand, they suffer less permanent disability than the average (3.8 per 1,000), unlike workers aged 50 to 59 (5.5 per 1,000). About 28.5% of all accidents with permanent disability are due to a fall (8% from height).

In 2021, Fedris recorded 20,660 commuting accidents, i.e. about 8 per 1,000 workers, of which more than half (10,870) were road accidents. This is a slight increase compared to 2020 (10,283), but still 27% lower than 2019 (14,887).

For the third year in a row, the number of fatal accidents is below 100, i.e. 48 accidents on the road and 47 commuting accidents in 2021. For particularly serious accidents, which resulted in death or severe permanent disability, truck drivers and multi-skilled construction workers are particularly exposed.

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