Abroad|02/11/16

GERMANY: Young workers and absenteeism

Home > The news of EUROGIP and occupational risks in Europe > GERMANY: Young workers and absenteeism

Young workers have 2.5 times more accidents and apprentices are far more often absent due to injuries, according to a study by the German Employee Health Insurance Fund (Deutsche Angestellten Krankenkasse, DAK).

In 2015, 22 accidents were counted in the 15-19 age group, compared with only nine for all age groups combined. Respiratory diseases were the most frequent cause of sickness absences among young workers. About 76 diseases of this type were identified per 100 apprentices insured with the DAK. However, these absences have less impact because the apprentices are absent for only about four days.

On the other hand, for an injury, young workers are absent for 10 days on average, 20 days for a knee dislocation and 55 days for a femoral neck fracture. It has been found that not only do apprentices have more accidents, but also more serious accidents. “Young people have a greater tendency to take risks, explains Elisabeth Thomas, a doctor at DAK-Gesundheit. They practise risky sports and have different leisure habits.”

Top 10 conditions (as a percentage of days’ absence)
Among apprentices aged 15 to 19

  1. Respiratory diseases (28.6%)
  2. Injuries (19.5%)
  3. Infections (11.3%)
  4. Digestive disorders (8.6%)
  5. MSDs (8.2%)
  6. Mental illnesses (7.2%)
  7. Non-specific symptoms (5.8%)
  8. Conditions of the nervous system, eyes and ears (2.9%)
  9. Skin diseases (2.7%)
  10. Conditions of the urogenital system (1.7%)

Among workers aged 15 to 65

  1. MSDs (21.7%)
  2. Respiratory diseases (16.6%)
  3. Mental illnesses (16.2%)
  4. Injuries (11.7%)
  5. Digestive disorders (5.2%)
  6. Infections (4.6%)
  7. Tumours (4.5%)
  8. Cardiovascular diseases (4.3%)
  9. Conditions of the nervous system, eyes and ears (4.2%)
  10. Non-specific symptoms (3.8%)

 

Discover other news

News, Standardization

30/11/22

AI and OHS: a look back at the Euroshnet conference in October 2022

Artificial Intelligence (AI) meets Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) was the theme of the 7th EUROSHNET conference which took place in Paris on 20 October and which brought together some 130 OSH experts from the world of standardisation, testing and certification, from 15 countries.

Abroad

23/11/22

ITALY: tumour linked to mobile phone use recognised in PM

The Court of Appeal of Turin has just ruled in favour of a 63-year-old former technician who was seeking recognition as an occupational disease of the benign auricular tumour of which he was a victim for having used his mobile phone at work for at least 2.5 hours a day for 13 years.