One in twenty wage earners sustained an accident at work

In 2011, a total of 131,371 work-related accidents were compensated by statutory accident insurance. Of the total number of work-related accidents, 22,723 happened during the journey to or from work. The number of work-related accidents increased by about 7.6 per cent on the previous year.

The frequency of accidents at work in 2011 was 31.3 accidents per one million hours at work. Compared to 2010, the frequency increased by about 3.6 per cent. On average, one in twenty wage earners sustained an accident at work in 2011.

For fatal employment accidents, the statistics are from 2010. In 2010, 51 wage earners lost their lives in work-related accidents. Of these, 33 died in accidents at work and 18 during the journey to or from work. The number of deaths related to employment accidents increased compared to 2009, when 37 wage earners lost their lives in work-related accidents. 

Safety at work is not the same in every industry

- The largest number of accidents at work occur in the sector of industrial production. However, the number and frequency of accidents in industrial production have been down for several years in succession. The trend in safety at work in industrial production is now pointing at the right direction, says Mika Tynkkynen, Director, Research and Analysis function of the Federation of Accident Insurance Institutions.

The second largest number of accidents at work in 2011, a total of 19,284 accidents, occurred to employees of municipalities and joint municipal authorities. The number and frequency of accidents sustained by the municipal sector have been on the increase for several years.

In the construction sector, the number of accidents in 2011 was 8,218 for specialised construction activities, 6,248 for construction of buildings, and 801 for civil engineering.

—Safety at work varies considerably in companies in the construction sector. Most large companies in the construction sector are doing excellent work towards improving safety at work, which is also manifested by the frequency of accidents at work at individual construction sites. Unfortunately, there are companies in the sector with the frequency of accidents reaching 200 for one million hours at work, Tynkkynen says. 

Number of accidents during the journey to or from work still on the increase in 2011

Wage earners sustained a total of 22,723 accidents on the journey to or from work in 2011. The increase on the previous year was about 16.3 per cent. 

Number of accidents sustained by self-employed workers also on the increase

The number of accidents compensated for self-employed workers who had a voluntary accident insurance for self-employed persons was 6,893. Of these, 618 were accidents during the journey to or from work. The number of accidents sustained by self-employed workers increased by about 6.2 per cent on the year 2011. Four self-employed persons with an insurance died at work-related accidents in 2010.

The Federation of Accident Insurance Institutions compiles statistics on the number of work-related accidents and their reasons and consequences to improve the quality of efforts aimed at decreasing the number of accidents. Every year, the Federation of Accident Insurance Institutions publishes extensive statistics on the compensated work-related accidents, their reasons and the manner in which they occurred.

The next publication by the Federation of Accident Insurance Institutions is a preliminary report on the incidents at work in 2012 that will be published in March-April 2013.

For more information, please contact: Mika Tynkkynen, Director, tel. +358 40 771 1582, mika.tynkkynen@tvl.fi, Janne Sysi-Aho, occupational safety director, tel. +358 400 157 936, janne.sysi-aho@tvl.fi 

The Federation of Accident Insurance Institutions (FAII) coordinates statutory accident insurances and promotes the uniformity of the compensation system. FAII is a co-operative body between insurance institutions. Its members include all Finnish insurance institutions engaged in statutory accident insurance, the State Treasury and the Farmers’ Social Insurance Institution. FAII compiles statistics on work-related accidents and illnesses as well as their reasons and consequences. 

Statistics 2012 (pdf) (In Finnish)

Statistics Book 2012, presentation (pdf) (In Finnish)

Modified 04.12.2015