Portugal: Fall in number of fatal occupational accidents

There has been a slight fall in the number of fatal workplace accidents in Portugal.

Statistics on Fatal Accidents at the Workplace (Estatísticas de Acidentes de Trabalho Mortais) from the Working Conditions Authority (ACT) show that most fatal work accidents occur in micro and small enterprises, and that most of the victims are men.

The figures for 2014 on fatal accidents at work show that:

  • there were 135 fatal occupational accidents (4.3% fewer than in 2013);
  • most of these accidents involve craft and related trades workers (26%) and low-skilled workers (16%), working mainly in construction (30.1%) and manufacturing (20.7%);
  • 60.7% of all fatal occupational accidents occur mostly at micro and small enterprises (employing up to 50 workers);
  • about 96% of the victims are men;
  • most of these victims are aged between 45 and 54 (39%) and between 55 and 64 (22%).

Statistics on Serious Accidents at the Workplace (Estatísticas de Acidentes de Trabalho Graves) for 2014 show that:

  • there were 308 serious occupational accidents;
  • most of these accidents involve craft and related trades workers (33.8%), and plant and machinery operators and assemblers (24%), with most occurring in the manufacturing (31.4%) and construction sectors (28.6%);
  • serious occupational accidents occur mostly at micro and small enterprises (57.8%) (employing up to 50 workers); 
  • about 88% of the victims are men;
  • most workers affected by serious workplace accidents are aged 35 to 44 (25.6%) and 45 to 54 (26.6%).

 

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