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The number of reported accidents at work decreased by 0.4% in 2017, to 873,562, according to provisional figures published by the DGUV, which groups together the BGs and injury insurance funds for the public sector. Conversely, reported commuting accidents rose 2.2% (190,095 in 2017). The number of new pensions corresponding to serious injuries was 18,244, or 604 less than in 2016, and reached a new historical low.
In 2017, there were 454 fatal accidents at work, 30 more than the previous year. In some sectors, such as the chemicals or transport industries, the number of victims decreased, whereas in others it increased. There were 282 fatal commuting accidents, 29 less than in 2016.
According to Joachim Breuer, director of the DGUV, “however encouraging the figures may be, they show that we are still very far from Vision Zero, i.e. from a world without occupational injuries or diseases.” That is why the new Kommmitmensch risk prevention campaign is promoting a workplace safety culture in firms and organizations. The aim is to make allowance for health and safety in all actions and decisions.