Accidents at work

In 2016, the fatality rate after a work accident was 1.8 per 100,000 employees in Belgium. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must be reduced to zero. This objective will not be reached by continuing the trend since 2008. The fatality rate after a work accident is therefore developing unfavourably.

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Accidents at work - Belgium - trend assessment

number per 100,000 persons in employment

 200020052008201020152016202020252030
observations----3.62.31.41.8------
trend and extrapolation----3.02.51.61.51.10.90.8
objective 20300.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Eurostat (2019), People killed in accidents at work [sdg_18_60], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 10/04/2019) & calculations FPB.

Accidents at work - Belgium and international comparison

number per 100,000 persons in employment

 200820102011201520162016//20082016//2011
Belgium3.62.32.81.41.8-8.4-8.3
EU282.42.12.11.81.7-4.1-3.6
//: Average Growth Rates

Eurostat (2019), People killed in accidents at work [sdg_18_60], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 10/04/2019).

Accidents at work by sex - Belgium

number per 100,000 full-time equivalents

 20142015201620172017//2014
females0.00.01.00.0--
males4.05.04.05.07.7
//: Average Growth Rates

Fedris (2019), Direct communication.

Definition: the indicator measures the number of fatal accidents that occur at work and lead to the death of the victim in the year following the accident, per 100,000 employees. The figures come from the administrative data of the European Statistics on Accidents at Work (ESAW) that are published by Eurostat, they include global Belgian data and international comparisons. The data by sex are provided by Fedris, a Belgian Federal Agency for Occupational Risks, and only concern private sector workers.

Goal: the number of fatal accidents at work must be reduced to zero.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 8.8: "Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments of all workers, including migrant workers, particularly women migrants, and those in precarious employment". This goal of protecting all workers is interpreted as aiming for zero fatal accidents at work by 2030.

International comparison: Overall, Belgium and the EU28 follow a similar trend. The rate of fatal accidents at work is decreasing more steadily in the EU28, from 2.39 per 100,000 employees in 2008 to 1.71 in 2016. When Member States are divided into three groups, Belgium is part of the group with average performances and performs lags behind the European average in 2016.

UN indicator: The selected indicator corresponds to indicator 8.8.1 - Frequency rates of fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries, by sex and migrant status.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 26/04/2019).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 26/04/2019).

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