Published: 24 May 2012

Two out of three commuting accidents occur to women

In 2010, wage and salary earners had a total of 19,550 commuting accidents for which insurance companies paid compensation. Disability of at least four days resulted from 8,769 of these accidents. Commuting accidents differ from accidents at work in that they occur more often to women than men. The victim in more than two out of three (67.8%) of all commuting accidents was a woman. In 2000 to 2009, the proportion was nearly the same, at roughly 65 per cent. The latest occupational accident statistics contain data on the accidents at work that occurred to wage and salary earners and own-account workers in agriculture in 2010. The statistics also contain data on the accidents at work that occurred to other self-employed persons, and on wage and salary earners’ commuting accidents.

Accidents at work and fatal accidents at work of wage and salary earners and own-account workers in agriculture in 2010

  Accidents at work Resulting
in disability
of at least 4 days
Accidents at work resulting
in disability of at least
four days / 100,000 persons
Fatal accidents
at work
Wage and salary earners 104 513 44 971 2 103 33
Own-accounts workers 4 555 3 898 4 882 6

In 2010, wage and salary earners had a total of 104,513 accidents at work for which insurance companies paid compensation. Disability of at least four days resulted from 44,971 of these accidents. The total number of wage and salary earners’ accidents at work grew slightly from the previous year. The economic downturn in Finland in 2009 and changes in the number of hours worked largely explain the variation in the number of accidents at work during the 2008-2010 period. The number of hours worked by wage and salary earners went up by around two per cent from 2009. However, the number of hours worked is still over five per cent lower than in 2008.

The number of accidents at work resulting in disability of at least four days grew slightly from the previous year (4.5%). When measured with the accident incidence rate, the risk of occupational accidents also grew slightly from 2009 (4.7%). In 2010, a total of 2,103 occupational accidents resulting in at least four days’ absence from work occurred per 100,000 wage and salary earners. In 2009, the corresponding ratio was 2,008.

As in earlier years, the work of own-account workers in agriculture clearly continues to be more risk prone than the average work of wage and salary earners, as the accident incidence rate calculated for them is more than twice that of wage and salary earners. In 2010, the Farmers’ Social Insurance Institution paid out compensation to own-account workers in agriculture for a total of 4,555 occupational accidents, of which 3,898 led to at least four days’ absence from work.

Measured with the accident incidence rate, the susceptibility of own-account workers in agriculture to occupational accidents remained nearly on level with the previous year (-0.3%). In 2010, own-account workers in agriculture had 4,882 occupational accidents resulting in disability of at least four days per 100,000 insured own-account workers in agriculture. The corresponding ratio in 2009 was 4,897.

In 2010, a total of 61 persons died at the place of work or while commuting. Of these fatal accidents at work, 33 occurred to wage and salary earners, six to own-account workers in agriculture and four to other self-employed persons. In addition, 18 fatal accidents occurred while commuting, all of them to wage and salary earners. The number of fatal accidents rose clearly from the year before, as in 2009 a total of 48 persons died at work or while commuting.


Source: Occupational accident statistics 2010, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Arto Miettinen 09 1734 2963, tyotapaturmat@stat.fi

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Updated 24.5.2012

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Occupational accident statistics [e-publication].
ISSN=1797-9544. 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 12.11.2019].
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