Most accidents occur in metal and construction

Compared to other occupational groups and based on own reporting, metal and construction workers are more often absent from work as a result of work-related accidents than other occupational groups. According to the same data, they more often tend to hold their colleagues to account, if they show dangerous and unhealthy behaviour in the workplace, as the National Survey Working conditions (NEA) 2015 conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) shows.

Last year, 5.1 percent of metal workers and mechanical engineers and 4.8 percent of construction workers were at least one day absent on account of work-related accidents, versus 1.4 percent on average across all occupational groups. Other categories with a high rate of work-related accidents are the food industry (e.g. butchers), operators of vehicles and mobile machinery, horticultural workers, farmers and cattle breeders.

Highest work-related accident rates and ensuing absence, 2015

Men more often engaged in high-risk jobs

In 9 in 10 occupational groups with a high rate of work-related accidents, the majority of employed are men. The only exceptions are social work and sheltered accommodations. As a result, men are more often involved in work-related accidents than women; last year 1.7 percent of male employees were involved in work-related accidents causing absence from work, versus 1.0 percent of women. Men also indicated more often to have jobs with a high risk of accidents; 6 in every 100 male employees do dangerous work on a regular basis, as against 2 in every 100 women.

Approach of colleagues showing dangerous behaviour

More than 8 in 10 metal and construction workers – the categories with the highest rate of accidents – say they try to make their colleagues aware of dangerous and unhealthy behaviour in the workplace . More than 7 in 10 are approached by their colleagues, if they do dangerous or unhealthy work, more often than other employees engaged in dangerous work: 8 in 10 employees doing dangerous work on a regular basis hold their colleagues to account, if they do dangerous or unhealthy work and two-thirds are themselves called to account.
Electricians and electrical engineers most often address their colleagues with respect to dangerous or unhealthy behaviour. Nearly 89 percent of employees do this and more than 78 percent are called to account by their colleagues.

Workers holding their colleagues to account for dangerous or unhealthy behaviour, 2015