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Collecting, interpreting and analysing accident data
Every year fatal work accidents occur in Germany. We collect these, evaluate the data and identify the areas of accident hazard to derive preventive approaches. Here you will find information on how we collect our data.
Since 1978, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) has been collecting and evaluating fatal accidents at work in the commercial sector (excluding mining and public roads). The basis for the accident analysis and statistical evaluation is a comprehensive examination sheet. The responsible authority for occupational and health shall fill it out after a fatal accident and send it to BAuA.
Because there is no legal obligation to report to BAuA but to employer's liability insurance association, BAuA data sets only cover a section of the entire of fatal accidents in Germany. There may be deviations between the statistics of the employer's liability insurance association and BAuA. For example in the years 2009 to 2016 1550 accidents were known to BAuA for the detailed evaluation. On the other hand the employer's liability insurance association presents 3805 accidents at the same period.
The current survey sheet in version 1.10 collects the fatal accident in the following categories.
On the basis of the available data, we determine the main causes of accidents, the most frequent hazards and types of injury. Our interpretations provide information on the categories of accident-prone people, company sizes and the work equipment involved. For example, almost 40 percent of all fatal accidents, reported to BAuA, occur on building sites. About 550 construction site accidents involved more than seventy times building vehicles, for example wheel loaders. Every year BAuA publishes interpretations of the fatal accidents at work in their report on dangerous products. We are happy to answer your individual data requests.
For further detailed information please refer to our German Website.