Accidents at work fall in 2005

More than 60,000 civilians were injured or killed in work-related accidents last year, according to data released Thursday by the National Insurance Institute, one day ahead of World Day for Safety and Health at Work. According to the figures, 63,856 people suffered work-related injuries in 2005, a slight drop from 2004 when 65,800 claimed insurance benefits following a work accident. A spokeswoman for the NII added that 54 were killed in work-related accidents throughout the same period. The information released also said that out of all work-related accidents, 91 percent affected paid employees and 9% involved independent businessmen or women. Twenty-three percent of all work accidents occurred in the industrial field, 13% in the car trade or repair industry, 11% on building sites and 11% in service industries. The data highlighted that the main cause of work-related accidents were falls, the second was driving accidents and the third was accidents caused by work machinery. Started in 2003 by the International Labor Organization, World Day for Safety and Health at Work is intended to focus international attention on promoting and creating decent, safe work environments. It aims to reduce the number of work-related deaths and stress the prevention of illness and accidents at work.