GERMANY: The 2016 figures for occupational safety and health

Home > The news of EUROGIP and occupational risks in Europe > GERMANY: The 2016 figures for occupational safety and health

The number of recognized occupational diseases (ODs) increased by 23.7% from the 2015 figure, to 22,320 in 2016. This increase is due to the registration of new diseases on the list of ODs in 2015. For skin cancer caused by ultraviolet rays, around 3,000 new cases were recognized and 138 pensions were granted. Conversely, the number of OD cases reported declined by 2%, to 80,000. In 2016, 2,576 people died from the sequels of an occupational disease. Two-thirds of these deaths are attributable to the use of materials containing asbestos.

MSDs are still the reason for the greatest number of workdays lost due to sick leave, accounting for 22.8%. These are followed by mental illnesses, at 16.2%. Respiratory diseases are in third position, at 13.5% (which corresponds to more than 1 out of 7 lost work days).

The number of occupational injuries increased to 960,000, due to a pickup in activity, but the accident frequency rate per 1,000 full-time workers decreased slightly to 23.2 (versus 23.3 in 2015). In all, 873 people lost their lives at work or on the way to or from work in 2016, i.e. 9% less than in 2015. 

With 174,000 cases in 2016, retirements because of a reduction in working capacity remained stable on the whole. Retirements because of MSDs increased sharply (1,500 additional cases, +7.2%). Mental illnesses (42.8%) remain by far the most common reason for early retirement.

Read the BAuA report (in German)

Discover other news

Community news


BusinessEurope’s position on teleworking and the right to disconnect

On 25 June, BusinessEurope responded to the European Commission's consultation on the right to disconnect, pointing out that over-regulation could hamper the growth and benefits of teleworking and arguing for minimal EU intervention, leaving Member States, social partners and companies to develop their own policies.



GERMANY: The importance of reporting traumatic events at work

A colleague falls off a ladder. A nurse is stopped and threatened. A train driver hits a cyclist crossing the tracks at high speed. These incidents can cause trauma and feelings of fear, powerlessness and guilt. They need to be reported in order to provide support for those affected.



AUSTRIA: More accidents at work and on the way to work in 2023

According to data published by the Austrian Social insurance for occupational injuries (AUVA) in mid-June, 145,748 claims were registered last year, broken down as follows 29,866 accidents (at work and and students), 13,062 commuting accidents and 2,820 cases of occupational diseases. While the number of accidents (at work and on the way to work) has increased, the number of occupational diseases has decreased compared to 2022.