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Accident prevention reduces not only accidents but also the human suffering and financial losses that result from them. These pages focus on reducing occupational accidents, the principles outlined apply to accidents outside work as well.

These pages contain information on occupational accidents and services provided by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. They also give links to other pages with information on accidents and injuries.

About a million accidents occur in Finland each year. Of these, 120,000 are classified as occupational accidents, resulting in a sick leave of about 15 days on average. Each year, about 40 people die in occupational accidents and another 40 in traffic accidents during work hours.
Since the beginning of 2000, occupational accidents have mostly taken place in the manufacturing and construction industries. Accident frequency is highest in the construction industry where there are about 80 accidents per million work hours. In the manufacturing industry, the corresponding frequency is about 50.

Employees' compensated occupational accidents (statutory accident insurance) in Finland 1990-2011

Employees' compensated occupational accidents (statutory accident insurance) in Finland 1990-2011

Employees' fatal occupational accidents in Finland 1990-2011

Employees' fatal occupational accidents in Finland 1990-2011

Modified 28.05.2013