Fatal accidents at work

In 2018, the fatality rate after a work accident was 1.91 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 (data available in June 2021). The fatality rate after a work accident is therefore developing unfavourably.

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Fatal accidents at work - Belgium - trend assessment

number per 100,000 persons in employment

 2000200520082010201520172018202020252030
observations----3.62.31.41.71.9------
trend and extrapolation (June 2021)----2.82.41.81.71.61.51.31.2
objective 20300.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0

Eurostat (2021), People killed in accidents at work [sdg_08_60], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 02/06/2021) & calculations FPB.

Fatal accidents at work - Belgium and international comparison

number per 100,000 persons in employment

 2008201020132015201720182018//20082018//20132018//2010
Belgium3.62.32.51.41.71.9-6.2-4.9-2.0
EU27--2.31.92.01.81.8---1.6-3.3
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2014

Eurostat (2021), People killed in accidents at work [hsw_n2_02], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 02/06/2021).

Fatal accidents at work by sex - Belgium

number per 100,000 persons in employment

 201020132015201720182018//20102018//2013
females0.40.30.10.20.4-0.47.0
males3.64.32.63.03.4-0.7-4.2
//: Average Growth Rates

Eurostat (2021), People killed in accidents at work [sdg_08_60], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 02/06/2021).

Definition: the indicator measures the number of accidents that occur during 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).

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 EU27 follow a similar trend. The rate of fatal accidents at work is decreasing more steadily in the EU27, from 2.31 per 100,000 employees in 2010 to 1.77 in 2018. 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 2017.

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 24/09/2020).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 24/09/2020).

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