Accident occurrence

The figures of the year 2020 are strongly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Within the scope of the accident insurance institutions for the industrial and public sectors, a total of 760,492 reportable accidents at work occurred in 2020 which resulted either in death or in incapacity for work for more than three days, that’s an increase of 12.7 %. The risk of accidents at work per 1,000 full time equivalent employees (FTE) sank by 12.0 % to 18.45.
  • In 2020, 13,227 serious accidents at work were recorded which resulted in payment of a pension or death benefit. The risk of serious accidents at work per 1,000 full time equivalent employees (FTE) thus sank by 0.2 %, from 0.322 in 2019 to 0.321 in 2020. In addition, 399 fatal work-related accidents occurred.
  • The 152,823 reportable commuting accidents in the industrial and public sectors constitute a decrease compared to the previous year, from 3.61 to 3.05 per 1,000 insurance relationships.
  • The 4,413 new commuting accident pensions represent a reduction of 1.4 % in the accident risk per 1,000 insurance relationships, from 0.089 in 2019 to 0.088 in 2020. The number of fatal commuting accidents strongly decreased from 309 to 238.
Accident insurance in industrial and public sector
2019 2020 Change in %
Reportable accidents at work 871,547 760,492 - 12.74
per 1,000 full time equivalent employees (FTE) 20.97 18.45 - 12.02
Reportable commuting accidents 186,672 152,823 - 18.13
per 1,000 weighted insurance relationships 3.61 3.05 - 15.38
Reportable accidents, total 1,058,219 913,315 - 13.69
Accidents at work - new pensions 13,362 13,227 - 1.01
per 1,000 full time equivalent employees (FTE) 0.322 0.321 - 0.19
Commuting accidents - new pensions 4,626 4,413 - 4.60
per 1,000 weighted insurance relationships 0.089 0.088 - 1.40
New pensions, total 17,988 17,640 - 1.93
Fatal accidents at work 497 399 - 19.72
Fatal commuting accidents 309 238 - 22.98
Fatal accidents, total 806 637 - 20.97

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