FRANCE: everything you need to know about occupational injuries in 2020

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The Covid-19 pandemic brought a significant number of economic activities to a halt from March 2020. In this context, occupational injuries and diseases (OI/OD) decreased overall compared to 2019.

The decrease is 17.7% for the number of recognized accidents at work (539,833) and 19.7% for commuting accidents (79,428) between 2019 and 2020. It corresponds to the two periods of confinement in 2020 and concerns the great majority of the sectors. On the other hand, the ambulance industry, purchasing centres and distance selling, which were very busy during the crisis, have seen their activity and their claims increase.

Occupational illnesses covered will fall by around 19% between 2019 and 2020 (40,219 cases recognised, compared with 49,505 in 2019). Musculoskeletal disorders continue to account for 87% of occupational diseases. Work-related cancers, although with a delayed effect, are also down by 14%.

The evolution of recognized psychological diseases continues the increase observed in recent years. Sickness Insurance – Occupational Risks took in charge 1,441 occupational diseases.

Annual report 2020 of the Assurance Maladie – Risques professionnels (December 2021, pdf in French)

Summary in English: Key Features of 2020 – Health and safety in the workplace

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