A government plan to reduce fatal work accidents


This plan first targets the most vulnerable employees, young and new hires, temporary workers, the self-employed or posted workers.

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A plan focused on awareness and training. The government presented, Monday, March 14, measures to reduce the number of serious and fatal work accidents, which has stagnated since 2010 and mainly affects young and temporary workers.

Some 540,000 people were victims of accidents at work in 2020, including 550 fatalities outside road accidents, noted the Ministry of Labor in a press release. “The human, social and economic cost of accidents at work requires us not to give in to fate”argued the Secretary of State for Occupational Health, Laurent Pietraszewski, who presented this roadmap to the National Committee for Prevention and Occupational Health (CNPST), as part of the “4th occupational health plan 2021-2025”.

This plan first targets the most vulnerable employees, young and new hires, temporary workers, the self-employed or posted workers. It emphasizes safety training, particularly during their initial training for young people or when taking up their position. Prevention messages, in particular for posted workers with less command of French, will be reinforced. According to Health Insurance, nearly 15% of serious and fatal accidents occur during the first three months after hiring, and a quarter of work accidents concern employees with less than one year of seniority in the company. business.

Another priority target are VSEs and SMEs, companies that often have fewer resources to devote to prevention. According to the labor inspectorate, serious and fatal accidents in VSEs-SMEs represent 26% of total accidents, while they employ only 18% of employees.

Certain occupational risks will be the subject of targeted measures due to their high impact, such as the road risk, the risk associated with the use of machines and falls from heights.



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