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Almost 400 people died in work accidents in the first semester, 18% more


CC.OO. warns that 800 deaths from work-related accidents could be exceeded in 2022 as a whole


A total of 394 workers died in an accident at work in the first half of this year, 60 more than in the same period in 2021, representing an 18% increase in relative terms, according to preliminary data released this Wednesday by the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy.

Most fatal accidents are caused by heart attacks and strokes, traffic accidents, entrapment and amputations, falls, and also collisions with moving objects.

Between January and June, accidents leading to sick leave increased by 18.2% compared to the same period in 2021 to a total of 310,211 claims, of which 273,300 were at work (20% more) and 36,911 were accidents “on the road”. (which occur on the way from home to work or vice versa) with an increase of 6.4%.

According to preliminary data from the ministry, fatal accidents during the working day increased by 15.5% and recorded 320 deaths, 43 more than in the first half of 2021, while the “in itinere” claims that resulted in fatalities increased by 29, 8% increased, from 57 deaths between January and June 2021 to 74 in the same period in 2022.

Serious accidents at work caused a total of 1,943 fatalities in the first six months of 2022, 7.2% more than in the first half of last year, while serious “in itinere” claims increased by 12.5% ​​with a total of 422 accidents.

Labor statistics also show that of the 394 workers who lost their lives in the first semester, 353 were employees and 41 were self-employed.

Overall, self-employed suffered 17,086 accidents at work through June, 7.6% more than in the first half of 2021, with a 7.9 increase in claims during the working day and a 3% increase in accidents at work’.

Likewise, according to preliminary data from the ministry, 272,865 accidents without sick leave were reported up to June, 1.7% more than in the same period in 2021.


CC.OO. pointed out that work-related accidents in Spain are “out of control” and predicted that if this trend continues, the year could surpass 800 work-related deaths.

The Secretary for Occupational Health and Environmental Sustainability of the CC.OO., Mariano Sanz Lubeiro, regretted that this increase in occupational accidents, with 394 deaths in half a year, lacked “public resonance” and a “determined response” to stop its increase to contain .

“We cannot continue like this, we have been warning of this for many months: workplace accidents are out of control and this is largely the result of the deterioration of prevention systems in companies and the lack of implementation of active public health policies and occupational safety,” said Sanz.

For this reason, from the union organization, they called on the government and the autonomous communities to act quickly to tackle this problem and take the necessary measures so that companies comply with the legislation on occupational risk prevention.

“We are considering adopting more intensive measures to make this serious problem one of the top political priorities and to demand that all necessary measures are taken to stop this bleeding,” announced the union secretary for occupational medicine.

In addition, Sanz recalled that the data known this Wednesday reflects only the accidents and fatalities collected up to June 30, which prevents an analysis of the “impact of heat waves on accidents at work”.


Source europapress.es

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