The minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash warns that workplace accidents are likely to increase without ‘determined action’ as the economy recovers.

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) published a new research paper titled ‘Trends and Patterns in Occupational Health and Safety in Ireland’. They stated that the decline in Occupational Injuries coincided with the fall in the economy.

‘The ESRI’s data shows that the injury rate fell from 29.6 per 1,000 workers in 2001 to 18.9 per 1,000 workers in 2012. (This includes all injuries regardless of whether they resulted in an absence from work). Breaking the 2001-2012 period into ‘boom’ (2001-2007) and ‘recession’ (2008-2012) periods, the study finds the latter period had a “significantly lower probability of occupational injury and illness than the boom period”.’ (Health and Safety Review, June 2015)

One of the explanations offered for the level of Occupational Injuries during the boom years was the high levels of activity and work intensity coupled with low levels of supervision and ‘cutting corners to meet demands’.

As the economy recovers, what action will be undertaken to ensure that we don’t replicate the same ‘injury-prone’ culture of the past?

For a more detailed report see : Health and Safety Review
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