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Number of accidents at work fell significantly

Despite the decline in accidents at work to less than 25 per 1,000 employees, expenditure on statutory accident insurance is increasing. It is the only social security that is borne solely by employers. Employers' organizations are now calling for a contribution reform.

Despite falling accident figures, the contribution rate for statutory accident insurance remains stable Last year, the number of reported accidents at work fell by six percent, as the German Statutory Accident Insurance (DGUV) announced on Monday. In a relative comparison - one accident per 1,000 full-time employees - the rate dropped from 25.8 to 24.5 accidents and thus almost to the level of 2009 with 24.3 accidents. In contrast, the number of confirmed occupational diseases has increased.

Nevertheless, the DGUV, in which the unified professional associations and the public accident insurance funds are united, spent 11.6 billion euros for rehabilitation, compensation and prevention measures as well as administrative costs. This level of spending has never been reached before. One of the reasons is the rising cost of treatment. Employers bear the costs through a contribution to the wages. The rate is currently 1.32 percent of the wage bill. With the share of public accident insurance companies amounting to 1.3 billion euros, the levy rose to 11.6 billion euros and was therefore cost-covering.

Employers 'association calls for reform of statutory accident insurance The Federal Association of German Employers' Associations (BDA) is calling for reform of statutory accident insurance. In 2010, the number of accidents increased "without the average contribution rate increasing". Since 1990, the numbers have dropped by half. This could be more noticeable in the amount of the contribution, according to the BDA. The coalition has announced a reform, but has not yet implemented it.

The deputy general manager Achim Dercks of the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce told the "Frankfurter Allgemeine" that "a reform of the benefits side should be started" in view of the rising expenditure of accident insurance. There is considerable relief potential. Commuting accidents, for example, should fall out of the service catalog and instead be privately covered, says Dercks.

Accident insurance is the only social insurance that is borne solely by employers. Last year it came to 10.3 billion euros. To determine the contribution rate of a professional association (BG), the accident frequency of the representative industry is used. This was the highest at BG Bau at 4.04 percent, while the BG paid the lowest rate at 0.77 percent for non-governmental institutions in the health service and welfare sector (BGW).

Dr. Joachim Breuer, General Manager of the DGUV, praised the employers' commitment to occupational safety. "The figures show that not only the economy is doing well, but also occupational health and safety," said Breuer. "On the one hand, low accident risks are a good prerequisite for keeping the burden on the economy low in the future. that companies benefit directly from investments in occupational health and safety - for example through less downtime or fewer accidents due to operational disruptions. "

Over 2,500 deaths from occupational diseases Last year, 2,548 people died as a result of an occupational disease. In the first place, diseases caused by inorganic dusts such as branch asbestos led to death. The accident insurance funds and professional associations decided in 71,738 proceedings about the recognition of an occupational disease. A causal relationship between work and illness was found in 34,573 insured persons. "The majority of cases are still skin diseases," said Breuer. These are now easy to treat. For 5,407 insured people, permanent health problems led to an occupational disease pension from the statutory accident insurance for the first time.

The student accident rate dropped by 0.8 percent to 75.8 accidents per 1,000 insured. The number of accidents on the way to school also decreased from 7.3 accidents to 6.7 accidents per 1,000 insured. The student accident insurance also provides statutory accident protection for students and children in day care centers and day care. (ag)

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