Workplace Fatalities in Construction Sector up 75% in Past 3 Years

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This problem was exacerbated by situations including roof repairs activities in the areas hit by the devastating earthquakes in 2020.

Fewer reported work-related injuries, but rise seen in fatal occupational injuries

In 2018, there were 1,775 work-related casualties, and of them 44 were fatalities, in 2019, the number of casualties fell to 982, however, 53 people were killed at their work place, and in 2020, there were 801 work-related casualties of which 72 were deaths, according to the national statistical office (DZS).

Broken down by sector, the manufacturing industry registered the highest number of work-related accidents, however, the construction sector registered the highest number of fatalities at workplace.

Accidents affecting more than one worker

From 2018 to 31 January 2021, the State Inspectorate registered 44 cases of the collective occupational accident, that is an accident due to the same event at a given workplace involving at least two persons.

There were three collective occupational accidents with the fatalities in the said period. 

On 19 June 2018, three workers of the local utility company were killed while they were cleaning a pump station of the sewage system in Čepin outside the city of Osijek..

On 10 January, 2019, three workers were killed in a fire that erupted in the Plat hydro-electric power plant near Dubrovnik.

On 29 April 2019, two workers died in an accident in the DIV bolts factory in Knin.

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