Statistics on accidents at work

One of the statutory duties of Workers Compensation Center (TVK) is to maintain statistics on occupational accidents and diseases and to perform other duties related to statistics. TVK is the official authority for statistics on occupational accidents and diseases in Finland.

Basic statistical data on the previous year’s occupational accidents are published in February of the following year. In addition, more detailed analyses on precisely defined topical themes are published during February–August. The analyses examine the most recent numbers from the previous year and any changes in them.

Record low number of occupational accidents in 2020

Insurance institutions paid compensation for 103,700 occupational accidents that occurred to employees in 2020. Of these, 87,500 occurred during work tasks at the workplace and 16,200 while commuting between the home and workplace.

The number of occupational accidents that occurred in 2020 was nearly 18% lower than the corresponding number in 2019.

The total number of occupational accidents reported in 2020 was the lowest ever in the history of compiling statistics on occupational accidents. The previous record-low number was reported in 2014, when a total of 115,724 occupational accidents occurred during the year.

Many office workers have been working from home due to the pandemic, but the number of occupational accidents occurring in remote work only increased slightly compared to previous years. The accident risk in work performed remotely is very low, which explains the low number of occupational accidents occurring in remote work covered by workers’ compensation.

Drastic decrease in accident frequency rate

Last year’s accident frequency rate, i.e. the total number of injuries covered by workers’ compensation per one million hours worked, was 25.

Number of fatal accidents decreased

In total, 17 occupational accidents resulting in the death of an employee occurred in 2020. Of these, 10 occurred in a workplace. Seven occupational accidents resulting in the death of an employee occurred during commuting between the home and workplace.

Self-employed persons' accidents

In 2020, insurance institutions paid compensation for 5,700 occupational accidents that occurred to self-employed persons, which is over 12% lower than in 2019.

Last year, five occupational accidents led to the death of an insured self-employed person. Of these fatal accidents, two occurred in a workplace.

Taking out workers’ compensation insurance is voluntary for self-employed persons, so the number of injuries is also affected by the number of insured self-employed persons.

Instant statistics

Instant statistics show trends and seasonal variations in the number of accidents. The data are updated monthly.

Unlike in other occupational accident reports and publications by TVK, instant statistics report accidents based on the month they were reported, not the month when they occurred. This means that the figures are not directly comparable.

Data for monthly instant statistics are collected from the early stages of the claim process and should not be interpreted as precise statistics, nor are any other data on background variables available for them.