Laurent Pietraszewski, Secretary of State for Pensions and Occupational Health, presented the first Plan for the Prevention of Serious and Fatal Accidents for the next four years to the National Committee for Prevention and Occupational Health on Monday 14 March 2022.
After a significant drop in these accidents, a floor seems to have been reached since 2010. In 2020, 540,000 occupational accidents, including 550 fatal ones, excluding road accidents, were recorded. The new plan, jointly developed by the State, the social partners, the social security system and the prevention organisations, is designed to relaunch the process of reducing the number and severity of this type of accident.
This plan is an operational implementation of the 4th Occupational Health Plan (PST4) presented in December 2021. It targets the most exposed groups – young people and new recruits, temporary workers, self-employed workers and seconded workers – and very small businesses, as well as road risks, falls from height and the use of certain machines.
It mobilises several complementary levers, such as awareness-raising and training, the strengthening of prevention measures, social dialogue, and the development of tools for understanding and monitoring occupational accidents. It will be reviewed at the halfway point to take into account feedback and additional proposals from stakeholders.