The number of labor accidents is increasing in Cyprus every year.
According to the Department of Labour Inspection, the alarming trend began in 2013 and continues to this day.
It is noteworthy that the largest number of accidents in 2020 occurred in the construction sector (21.55%), followed by the hotel and restaurant business (18.73%), the industrial sector (17.35%), wholesale and retail trade (15%) and auto repair (15%), etc.
A total of 13 industrial fatalities occurred in 2020. Of these: 4 in the field of building construction, 1 in the field of civil engineering, 4 in the field of specialized construction activities, 1 in wholesale trade (excluding trade in motor vehicles and motorcycles), 1 in retail trade (excluding trade in motor vehicles and motorcycles), 1 in the field of storage and transport services, 1 in the field of public catering.
The incidence rate is much higher at large construction sites, where more than 500 people are employed. On small construction sites with fewer than 10 employees, the incidence rate is steadily decreasing.
Most often, accidents in the workplace occur with employees under the age of 24, although the frequency index for this age group fell during a year by 6.4% - from 849.1 to 794.3 units. Almost a third of all accidents (28%) are falls from height. By the way, 40.5% of incidents at construction sites are associated with falls from height.
By city: Limassol is the leader in the number of workplace incidents in the construction sector, with an increase of 9.1%. It is followed by Paphos (+ 4%).
It should be noted that safety in construction in Cyprus does not always come first among current affairs.
In many companies, this issue is treated very formally, if not casually. And it’s very in vain. If there is a good organization of labor protection, a high-quality production result can be quickly achieved. If there is poorly adjusted safety technology, the company can get a lot of problems.
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