European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

An international comparison of the cost of work-related accidents and illnesses

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EU-OSHA together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) present new estimates of the cost of poor occupational safety and health (OSH). The findings reveal that worldwide work-related injury and illness result in the loss of 3.9 % of GDP, at an annual cost of roughly €2 680 billion, and for the EU 3.3 % of GDP (€476 billion) . The cost of work-related cancers alone amounts to EUR 119.5 billion.

The project results are available on the website of EU-OSHA as an interactive data visualisation. This study can contribute to increase more targeted efforts of public and private organisations and to set priorities in prevention work there, where they are expected to provide most added value to society.

Read an article about the main findings of the project

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