More fatal accidents and
higher frequency of accidents in 2010
Helsinki (21.03.2011 - Juhani Artto) Last year the number of work accidents
increased by 5 per cent from 2009. In part, this unwanted development can be
explained by the economic upswing that has meant more people in employment
and a concomitant increase in overall working hours.
However, there has also been a clear rise in accident frequency. In 2009
there were 28 accidents per one million working hours and in 2010 the vital
statistical figure rose to 30. Thus, the accident frequency rose by 4 per
Unfortunately, this backward development cannot be explained by the strong
recovery of the construction industry, which belongs to the highest accident
frequency industries. In the construction industry the accident frequency
rose to 68 accidents per one million working hours. The figure was over 6
per cent higher than in 2009.
In terms of accidents the construction industry is now divided more clearly
than in the past into good and bad companies, the
reports. According to the Federation, at the good end
there are construction companies where the accident frequency is as low as
that in office work. At the bad end, on the other hand, accident frequency
is tens of times higher than in the good ones.
In 2010 more fatal accidents also occurred compared with the year 2009. The
number of fatal accidents rose from 25 to 29.
Despite the negative development, the Finnish safety record remains good
when compared internationally, reassures Erkki Auvinen, an occupational
safety expert at the Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK. The
Finnish accident frequency figures indicate that Finland still belongs to
pioneering countries in occupational safety work, Auvinen underlines.