Industrial accidents claim 93 lives

17th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

17 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — Almost 100 people died in industrial accidents in the Netherlands last year, according to figures published on Monday.

17 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — Almost 100 people died in industrial accidents in the Netherlands last year, according to figures published on Monday.

Statistics agency CBS said more than half of the 93 fatalities died as a result of a fall or being trapped under heavy objects. A quarter of the total number of victims worked in the construction industry.

The number of work-related deaths has varied from 88 to 126 per year since the mid 1990s. In 2003, 109 people - employees, independent contractors or passers-by - died in accidents in and around the workplace.

In the last two years, almost four in 10 of the victims died as a result of being crushed and a quarter died from a fall. 

Accidents on construction sites were the biggest killer in 2003 and 2004, accounting for a quarter of all deaths. Industry was in second place with a fifth of the fatal accidents.

One fifth of the 93 fatalities last year were foreign workers, the CBS said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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