New research from the ESRI and HSA launched by Minister Pat Breen looks at work-related injuries and illness in five sectors with persistently high risks: health, construction, transport and storage, industry (manufacturing and utilities), and agriculture, forestry and fishing.
These five sectors account for 41% of employment and 56% of work-related injury in 2014. The research tracks experiences over the period 2001 to 2014 using nationally representative surveys of the workforce collected by the CSO.
Some of the key points were:
- Injury rates in the agriculture, construction and industry sectors fell during the recession (2008-2011) compared to the boom (2001-2007).
- The rate of fatalities is highest in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector. The number of fatalities increased from 129 in the 2001-2007 period to 151 in the 2008-2014 period.
- The health sector had the highest total number of days lost due to work-related injury.
- However, the transport sector had the highest number of days lost per worker due to work-related injury.
- The health sector had the highest number of days lost per worker due to work-related illness. In this sector, 524 days were lost per 1,000 workers.
- Night workers, shift workers and new recruits had a higher risk of injury. In all sectors examined except construction, night workers and shift workers had a higher risk of injury compared to workers not working these hours.
- Longer working weeks are associated with injury.
- Part-time workers are also at higher risk of injury.
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