DENMARK: One out of two accidents at work is not reported

2018-05-02Print

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Employers are obliged to report accidents at work to protect employees if they have to be compensated, and this enhances occupational safety and health. However, studies note that about half of the total number of accidents at work are not reported.

Accordingly, the Danish Council for the Work Environment (Arbejdsmiljørådet), the Labour Inspectorate, the five equi-representational branch organizations for the work environment, the Occupational Accident Insurance organization (Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring) and the Danish Centre of Work Environment Resources (Videncenter for Arbejdsmiljø) are launching a vast campaign, entitled "Do it now!" to remedy this.

The Minister of Employment, Troels Lund Poulsen, supports this campaign: "It is intolerable that so many accidents at work are not reported in due form. The campaign helps to raise employers' awareness of this responsibility and make them understand the regulations".

According to a study by the Labour Inspectorate, employers sometimes find it hard to determine what should be reported or not. Moreover, according to certain myths, only serious accidents entailing a long-term sick leave have to be reported, which is false.

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