03 May 2006

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Increased work accidents during first quarter

Administrative records indicate that 983 persons had an accident in the course of their work during the first quarter this year.
Statistics published by the National Statistics Office show an increase in accidents by 59 (6.4 per cent) over the same period in the preceding year.
Many of these accidents at work occurred in manufacturing (32.9 per cent), construction
(17.6 per cent), wholesale and retail trade (8.4 per cent), and transport, storage, and communications (8.2 per cent), it is pertinent to note herein that, although the manufacturing sector remained the one which is most accident-prone, a reduction of 9.3 per cent in accidents was evident within this sector.
Accidents at work mostly concern people employed in elementary occupations and craft/trades work. In this way, the given statistics indicate that 437 cases (44.5 per cent) concerned people in elementary occupations, while 237 cases (24.1 per cent) affected people in craft/trades work.
People at work are mostly affected by injuries in the upper extremities of their body.
Wounds and superficial injuries are the most common types of injuries.
The Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) reported that in the period
January to March 2006 two men and one woman lost their life in the course of their work. During the same period in the preceding year, three people had died at work

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