Lesson 3 Statistics

  • Information about occupational accidents, injuries, and diseases is collected by different national agencies (e.g. labour inspection, insurance institutions, healthcare systems). That is why we have mentioned that different countries may differ in defining specific terms, because they do it for their internal purposes. That is also why some data may be incomparable between countries, and some data may be incomplete.
  • On the European level, and similarly on the country levels too, the data about occupational accidents, injuries and diseases among urban cleaners are scarce. It appears that the information is being collected using different approach than categorization by type of employment (i.e. job).
  • Regarding accidents at work (occupational accidents), the Eurostat provides information that in 2019 in the EU countries, the majority of fatal accidents occurred in construction industry, followed by transportation and storage, manufacturing and agriculture, forestry and fishing, which are responsible for around 65% of all fatal accidents. In case of non-fatal accidents, manufacturing, construction, trade, repair of vehicles and health and social work activities are responsible for around 54% of such accidents.
  • A combined category of water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities are responsible for around 2% of fatal and also 2% of non-fatal accidents at work.
  • In Great Britain there were 142 workers killed at work in 2020/2021, of which 3 were employed in waste processing industry.
  • When you look at the most common types of injuries at work, in 2019 in the EU there were three major groups of injuries that were responsible for around 70% of all injuries: wounds and superficial injuries, dislocations, sprains and strains, and concussions and internal injuries.
  • When we add another 10% for bone fracture, we get over 80% of injuries falling in those four large groups.