Accidents at work by days lost and NACE Rev. 2 activity
Publication date: 11 December 2017, GMT
Reporting period: 2008 - 2015
321 thousand timeseries
Time period or range
2015 2015
2014 2014
2013 2013
2012 2012
2011 2011
2010 2010
2009 2009
2008 2008
Geopolitical entity (reporting)
EUR Europe
EU15 European Union (15 countries)
EU27 European Union (27 countries)
EU28 European Union (28 countries)
EU European Union (EU6-1972, EU9-1980, EU10-1985, EU12-1994, EU15-2004, EU25-2006, EU27-2013, EU28)
AT Austria
BE Belgium
BG Bulgaria
HR Croatia
CY Cyprus
CZ Czech Republic
DK Denmark
EE Estonia
FI Finland
FR France
DE Germany (until 1990 former territory of the FRG)
EL Greece
HU Hungary
IE Ireland
IT Italy
LV Latvia
LT Lithuania
LU Luxembourg
MT Malta
NL Netherlands
PL Poland
PT Portugal
RO Romania
SK Slovakia
SI Slovenia
ES Spain
SE Sweden
UK United Kingdom
UK_K United Kingdom under the Kyoto Protocol
IS Iceland
NO Norway
CH Switzerland
Unit of measure
NR Number
Classification of economic activities - NACE Rev.2
I55 Accommodation
I Accommodation and food service activities
K66 Activities auxiliary to financial services and insurance activities
U Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies
U99 Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies
M70 Activities of head offices; management consultancy activities
T97 Activities of households as employers of domestic personnel
T Activities of households as employers; undifferentiated goods- and services-producing activities of households for own use
S94 Activities of membership organisations
N Administrative and support service activities
M73 Advertising and market research
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing
A_C-N Agriculture; industry and construction (except mining); services of the business economy
H51 Air transport
M71 Architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis
R Arts, entertainment and recreation
F42 Civil engineering
J62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities
F Construction
F41 Construction of buildings
R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
A01 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities
P Education
P85 Education
D Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
D35 Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
N78 Employment activities
B06 Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas
K Financial and insurance activities
K64 Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding
A03 Fishing and aquaculture
I56 Food and beverage service activities
A02 Forestry and logging
R92 Gambling and betting activities
Q86 Human health activities
Q Human health and social work activities
J Information and communication
J63 Information service activities
K65 Insurance, reinsurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security
H49 Land transport and transport via pipelines
M69 Legal and accounting activities
R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities
C24 Manufacture of basic metals
C21 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
C11 Manufacture of beverages
C20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
C19 Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products
C26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
C27 Manufacture of electrical equipment
C25 Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment
C10 Manufacture of food products
C31 Manufacture of furniture
C15 Manufacture of leather and related products
C28 Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
C29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
C23 Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
C30 Manufacture of other transport equipment
C17 Manufacture of paper and paper products
C22 Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
C13 Manufacture of textiles
C12 Manufacture of tobacco products
C14 Manufacture of wearing apparel
C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials
C Manufacturing
B Mining and quarrying
B05 Mining of coal and lignite
B07 Mining of metal ores
B09 Mining support service activities
J59 Motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities
NSP Not specified
N82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities
C32 Other manufacturing
B08 Other mining and quarrying
S96 Other personal service activities
M74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities
S Other service activities
H53 Postal and courier activities
C18 Printing and reproduction of recorded media
M Professional, scientific and technical activities
J60 Programming and broadcasting activities
O Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
O84 Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
J58 Publishing activities
L Real estate activities
L68 Real estate activities
E39 Remediation activities and other waste management services
N77 Rental and leasing activities
C33 Repair and installation of machinery and equipment
S95 Repair of computers and personal and household goods
Q87 Residential care activities
G47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
M72 Scientific research and development
N80 Security and investigation activities
N81 Services to buildings and landscape activities
E37 Sewerage
Q88 Social work activities without accommodation
F43 Specialised construction activities
R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities
J61 Telecommunications
TOTAL Total - all NACE activities
H Transportation and storage
N79 Travel agency, tour operator reservation service and related activities
T98 Undifferentiated goods- and services-producing activities of private households for own use
UNK Unknown NACE activity
M75 Veterinary activities
H52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation
E38 Waste collection, treatment and disposal activities; materials recovery
E36 Water collection, treatment and supply
E Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
H50 Water transport
G45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
G Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
G46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Severity (days lost)
D_GE4 4 days or over
FAT Fatal
M1-3 From 1 to 3 months
D14-20 From 14 to 20 days
D21-M1 From 21 days to 1 month
M3-6 From 3 to 6 months
D4-6 From 4 to 6 days
D7-13 From 7 to 13 days
NSP Not specified
D_GE183_PI Permanent incapacity or 183 days or over

Accidents at work by days lost and NACE Rev. 2 activity - Eurostat

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Harmonised data on accidents at work are collected in the framework of the administrative data collection 'European Statistics on Accidents at Work (ESAW)', on the basis of a methodology developed first in 1990.

An accident at work is defined as 'a discrete occurrence in the course of work which leads to physical or mental harm'. The data include only fatal and non-fatal accidents involving more than 3 calendar days of absence from work. If the accident does not lead to the death of the victim it is called a 'non-fatal' (or 'serious') accident.

A fatal accident at work is defined as an accident which leads to the death of a victim within one year of the accident.

The variables collected on accidents at work include:

  • Economic activity of the employer and size of the enterprise
  • Employment status, occupation, age, sex and nationality of victim
  • Geographical location, date and time of the accident
  • Type of injury, body part injured and the severity of the accident (number of full calendar days during which the victim is unfit for work excluding the day of the accident, permanent incapacity or death within one year of the accident).
  • Variables on causes and circumstances of the accident: workstation, working environment, working process, specific physical activity, material agent of the specific physical activity, deviation and material agent of deviation, contact - mode of injury and material agent of contact - mode of injury.

The national ESAW sources are the declarations of accidents at work, either to the accident insurance of the national social security system, a private insurance for accidents at work or to other relevant national authorities (labour inspection etc.). As an exception, accident data for the Netherlands are based on survey data.

On the Eurostat website, ESAW data are disseminated in two sections: 'Main Indicators' and 'Details by economic sector (NACE Rev2, 2008 onwards)'. Depending on the table, data are broken down by: economic activity (NACE 'main sectors' (1 digit code) or more detailed NACE divisions (2 digit codes)); the occupation of the victim (ISCO-08 code); country; severity of the accident, sex, age, employment status, size of the enterprise, body part injured and type of injury.

The data is presented in form of numbers, percentages, incidence rates and standardised incidence rates of non-fatal and fatal accidents at work, either for EU aggregates, countries or certain breakdowns by dimensions such as age, sex etc.

  • Numbers correspond to a simple count of all non-fatal and fatal accidents for the entirety or certain breakdowns of the data;
  • Percentages represent shares of breakdowns;
  • The incidence rate of non-fatal or fatal accidents at work is the number of serious or fatal accidents per 100,000 persons in employment;
  • The standardised incidence rates of non-fatal or fatal accidents at work aim to eliminate differences in the structures of countries' economies (see section 20.6 Adjustment for more details).

The incidence rate indicates the relative importance of non-fatal or fatal accidents at work in the working population. For both types of accidents at work the numerator is the number of accidents that occurred during the year. The denominator is the reference population (i.e. the number of persons in employment) expressed in 100,000 persons.

The reference population (or number of persons in employment) related to the national ESAW reporting system is provided by the Member States, either from administrative sources related to accidents at work or from the EU Labour Force Survey (LFS).

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