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1 4 November hrs 202/2015 Claims in respect of non-fatal accidents at work in the third quarter of 2015 remained almost at par with the corresponding quarter in 2014 increasing by just one case. One fatal accident at work was reported. Accidents at Work: Q3/2015 Compiled by: Unit C2: Labour Market Statistics Directorate C: Social Statistics Further information on data: Ms Joslyn MAGRO CUSCHIERI T E. Non-fatal accidents Administrative records show that 842 persons were involved in a non-fatal accident during their work in the third quarter this year. The majority of non-fatal accidents at work occurred in the manufacturing sector (21.4 per cent). Another 132 or 15.7 per cent of these accidents occurred in construction followed by transport and storage (14.6 per cent). When compared to the same quarter last year, the number of accidents in accomodation and food services activities decreased by nine cases (Table 1). The largest share of accidents at work during the reference quarter involved persons working in elementary occupations, (31.8 per cent) followed by those in crafts and related trades (21.4 per cent) (Table 2). Out of all injuries, 366 affected the upper extremities of the body, such as the fi ngers and hands (Table 4). Wounds and superfi cial injuries, and dislocations, strains and sprains were the most common types of injuries, amounting to 546 and 177 cases respectively (Table 5). In the quarter under review, 28.3 per cent of the accidents at work took place in enterprises which employed 500 workers or more (Table 7). The majority of incidents happened in industrial sites with 1,154 (36.3 per cent) and 1,082 (33.9 per cent) accidents for 2013 and 2014 respectively (Table 8). Fatal accidents Between July and September 2015, the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) reported one fatal accident at work. There were no fatalities at work in the corresponding period of 2014 Kindly indicate source when quoting from this release. The advance release calendar may be consulted at 1 Issued by: External Cooperation and Communication Unit, National Statistics Office, Lascaris, Valletta VLT 2000, Malta. T F E.

2 2 Table 1. Non-fatal accidents at work by period, sex of victim and economic activity of the enterprise Economic activity (NACE Rev. 2) Agriculture, forestry and fishing Mining and quarrying Manufacturing Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities Construction Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles Transportation and storage Accommodation and food service activities Information and communication Financial and insurance activities Real estate activities Professional, scientific and technical activities Administrative and support service activities Public administration and defence; compulsory social security Education Human health and social work activities Arts, entertainment and recreation Other service activities Activities of households as employers; undifferentiated goods- and services-producing activities of households for own use Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies Not specified

3 Table 2. Non-fatal accidents at work by period, sex and occupation of victim Occupations (ISCO-08) Armed forces Managers Professionals Technicians and associate professionals Clerical support workers Service and sales workers Skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers Craft and related trades workers Plant and machine operators, and assemblers Elementary occupations Table 3. Non-fatal accidents at work by period, sex and age group of victim Age group or more

4 4 Table 4. Non-fatal accidents at work by period, sex of victim and part of body injured Part of body Head Neck, including spine and vertebra in the neck Back, including spine and vertebra in the back Torso and organs Upper extremities Lower extremities Wholebody and multiple sites Other parts of body injured, not mentioned above Not specified Table 5. Non-fatal accidents at work by period, sex of victim and type of injury Type of injury Wounds and superficial injuries Bone fractures Dislocations, sprains, and strains Traumatic amputations Concussions and internal injuries Burns, scalds and frostbites Poisonings and infections Drowning and asphyxiations Effects of sound and vibration Effects of temperature extremes, light and radiation Shock Multiple injuries Other specified injuries not included under other headings Not specified

5 Table 6. Non-fatal accidents at work by period, sex of victim and district of enterprise District Southern Harbour Northern Harbour South Eastern Western Northern Gozo and Comino Table 7. Non-fatal accidents at work by period, sex of victim and size of enterprise Employment size Self-employed without employees employees employees employees employees employees or more Not specified Table 8. Non-fatal accidents at work by period, sex and employment status of victim Employment status Self-employed Full-time employee Part-time employee

6 6 Table 9. Non-fatal accidents at work by year, sex of victim and type of working environment Working environment Industrial site 1, , , , Construction site, quarry Farming, breeding, fish farming Tertiary activity, office, amusement area, miscellaneous Health establishment Public area In the home Sports area In the air, elevated excl. construction sites Underground, excl. construction sites On/over water, excl. construction sites In high pressure environments excl. construction sites Other working environments not listed No information , , , ,

7 Table 10. Non-fatal accidents at work by year, sex and deviation Deviation Electrical problems, explosion, fire Overflow, overturn, leak, flow, vaporisation, emission Breakage, bursting, splitting, slipping, fall, collapse of material agent Loss of control (total/partial) of machine, means of transport or handling equipment, hand-held tool, object, animal Slipping, stumbling and falling, fall of persons Body movement without any physical stress(leading to an external injury) Body movement under or with physical stress(leading to internal injury) Shock, fright, violence, aggression, threat, presence Other deviations not elsewhere specified No Information , , , , Table 11. Non-fatal accidents at work by year, sex, victim and contact-mode of injury Contact mode of injury Contact with electric voltage, temperature, hazardous substances Drowned, buried, enveloped Horizontal/Vertical impact with/against a stationary object , , Struck by object in motion, collision with Contact with sharp, pointed, rough, coarse material agent Trapped, crushed etc Physical or mental stress Bite, kick, etc.(animal/human) Other contacts not elsewhere specified No information , , , ,

8 Methodological Notes Data on non-fatal accidents at work is provided by the Department of Social Security, while information on fatal accidents at work is provided by the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA). The data in this release includes all cases for which an injury benefit claim form has been submitted to the Department of Social Security, irrespective of the number of days lost and on whether the claim will ultimately result in the payment of an injury benefit. Revisions to the previous year's data are carried out annually in the first and subsequent quarters of the following year. This release also includes information on an additional three variabales concerning accidents at work. In this regard data on working environment, deviation and contact mode of injury are being published for 2013 and Revised data for 2014 (3rd quarter) is also being provided in this publication. Definitions: Part of body injured: refers to the most serious injury that was incurred by the victim during the accident. Contact mode of injury: refers to the contact that injured the victim. This describes how the victim was hurt (physical or mental trauma) by the 'Material Agent' that caused the injury. If there are several 'Contacts - Modes of Injury', the one that caused the most serious injury must be recorded. Deviation: refers to the last event differing from the norm and leading to the accident. It is the event that triggered an accident such as losing control of a machine or falling off something. Type of injury: refers to the physical consequence of the accident that was incurred by the victim such as a bone fracture. Working environment: refers to the workplace, work premises or general environment where the accident happened. 7. More information relating to this news release may be accessed at: Statistical Concepts: Classifications: of Injury at Work Rev

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