The Risk in Numbers

(Source: Suva/VT/2010: Cases of accidents covered by Suva)

Falling from a height continues to be a major risk for many workers in Switzerland. The statistics gathered over the past years paint an unfortunate picture:

  • One person dies every two weeks by falling on the job (25 fatal accidents a year).
  • Every day a falling accident occurs involving permanent injuries.
  • Ø9000 job-related falling accidents occur yearly in Switzerland.
  • Ø270 million CHF in damages paid per year for falling accidents. This is a quarter of all damages paid out yearly for on-the-job accidents by Suva. · One falling accident costs Suva
  • Ø26,000 CHF. By comparison, any other accident costs Ø 5,000 CHF.
  • A falling accident resulting in permanent disability costs Ø 470,000 CHF.
  • One permanent disability case can result in costs up to 2.5 million CHF.
  • Almost every third job-related accident involving death or permanent disability is a falling accident.
  • The main causes of falling accidents are incorrect preparation, lack of training, as well as overestimating one’s abilities.