In response to the increase in serious accidents at work, the Minister for Employment, Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen, has set up a group of experts to analyse and gather new knowledge over the next three years on various subjects that could help to prevent these accidents.
The number of accidents in the workplace has been rising in recent years. In 2022, the number of work-related fatal accidents exceeded that of the previous 14 years. For the Ministry of Employment, this is not only a human tragedy, but the total socio-economic cost of work-related accidents amounts to 28.4 billion kroner every year. This corresponds to a labour supply of around 26,000 full-time employees.
During each year of its mandate, the group of experts will focus on one type of accident. In 2024, the focus will be on accidents involving machinery in agriculture. The analysis should culminate in an annual report containing recommendations on what can be done to prevent these specific accidents.