Fatal occupational accidents in the Nordic countries 2003 – 2008

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This report is a review of the Nordic countries systems regarding fatal occupational accidents, i.e. the reporting process, the investigation process, the registration process, the registries, and the legal statutes. The report shows that during the time period 2003-2008 the total number of fatal occupational accidents in the Nordic countries was 1243, i.e. between 1.51 to 2.49 fatal occupational accidents per 100,000 workers per year varying between countries. The report also shows that more than 93 % of these fatal accidents involved males, which reflects the predominance of men in the most dangerous branches, i.e. agriculture, construction, transport, and communication. The report concludes that in order to make data on occupational accidents more comparable among the Nordic countries and improve our common ability to identify prevention strategies, a closer collaboration in the field of occupational accident investigation and registration is needed.




Fatal occupational accidents are always unacceptable. Among those involved in occupational health, the fight against fatal occupational accidents has had top priority. Fortunately, the rate of these has fallen dramatically over the last decades. To be better able to study them, a larger population would provide some added value. The feasability of such is explored in this report, where information from the five Nordic countries is examined both with respect to the systems involved as well as towards the time period from 2003 to 2008 when 1243 individuals were identified to have been registered in official occupational accident registries.


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