Tamara Rađenović

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Accidents at work constitute a critical issue within the European Union (EU), impacting not only the health and safety of millions of workers but also the economic stability and productivity of member states. Statistical evidence of accidents at work is important for determining the most problematic sectors in which fatal injuries occur. The EU, with its diverse industries and extensive labor force, presents a unique context for studying occupational accidents. These incidents range from minor injuries to major catastrophes, affecting sectors as varied as manufacturing, construction, and services. The repercussions of such accidents are far-reaching, extending beyond the immediate physical harm to workers. They encompass significant economic dimensions, including direct costs like medical care and rehabilitation, and indirect costs like lost workdays, decreased productivity, and compensation claims, thus putting significant pressure on businesses, healthcare systems and national economies. The paper aims to provide a comprehensive overview of workplace accidents in the EU, emphasizing their economic significance. By providing a holistic view of workplace accidents in the EU, the paper underscores the urgent need for enhanced safety measures and proactive strategies to foster safer work environments, ultimately contributing to more sustainable economic growth and worker welfare.


accidents at work, occupational health and safety, European Union, statistical evidence, economic aspects

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