Facts and figures

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Since 1 June 2007, the statutory accident insurance institutions for the industrial sector and the public sector accident insurers and associations of municipal accident insurers have been represented by a common umbrella association, the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). This document contains an overview of extent and current development of key figures.

Key facts and tables are provided for each specific area.


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Insured persons and companies
In 2017, nearly 80 million people in Germany were insured against work-related, commuting and school accidents and against occupational diseases. This figure includes around 17.5 million children in schools, nursery schools and after-school care ...

Accident occurrence
Within the scope of the accident insurance institutions for the industrial and public sectors, a total of 873,522 reportable accidents at work occurred in 2017 which resulted either in death or in incapacity for work for more than three days, ...

Accidents within scope of pupil accident insurance
The term 'pupil' refers to children in schools, nursery schools and day-care facilities, pupils at general schools and vocational colleges, and students. By analogy, the term 'school' also refers to children's day-care centres and institutions ...

Occupational diseases (ODs)
In the area of responsibility of the accident insurance institutions within the industrial and public sectors and of pupil accident insurance institutions, the number of notifications of suspected cases of occupational disease decreased in 2017 ...

Compensation benefits
In 2017, the accident insurance institutions responsible for the industrial and public sectors paid compensation amounting to 9.934 billion euro following insurance claims. These payments encompassed services, cash payments and payments in kind to ...

Prevention activities
The tasks of the accident insurance institutions within the industrial and public sectors include consultation and inspection, initial and further training, and public information. In 2017, the technical inspectorates visited 220,000 companies; in ...

Definition of terms
A work-related accident is an accident an employee suffers at work or outside the place of work, for example on the roads. A commuting accident is an accident an employee suffers while travelling to or from his place of work. A reportable ...