FINLAND: Serious accidents at work are becoming less frequent

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Disability due to accidents at work and commuting accidents has decreased over the last 20 years. Disability of more than 30 days accounted for 9.6% of all accidents, compared with 7.6% in 2021. Similarly, around 45% of all compensated accidents at work resulted in 3 days or less of incapacity to work, compared with 64% in 2021.

In 2021, around 10% of serious accidents at work were due to falls, the same percentage to loss of control of equipment, tools, machinery, etc., around 10% to various sudden loads and around 10% to various objects that broke, fell or overturned. The majority of commuting accidents resulting in more than 30 days’ absence from work involved women and more than one in two were over 50. Cases resulting in long-term incapacity to work become more common with age, particularly for accidents at work that involve the movement of a person. Conversely, younger people are more likely to be involved in minor accidents at work.

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