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Fatalities at Work: 2022-2023
NR 069/2024
Release Date: 19 April 2024
The Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) reported 20 fatalities at work in 2022 and 2023.

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In this news release, information presented provides an overview of fatalities at work which occurred in 2022 and 2023. As Table 1 illustrates,  all fatalities at work which took place in the past two years involved males. In the majority of cases, victims were either aged between 25 to 34 years or 55 years and over (Table 2).

Fatal accidents at work took place mostly in the Southern Harbour district followed by the Northern Harbour district (Table 3). Sixty per cent of all fatal accidents that occurred in the past two years involved Maltese nationals; with the remaining 40.0 per cent involving non-EU nationals (Table 4). Three in every four of all fatal accidents at work, involved employees (Table 5).

Chart 1. Number of fatalities at work by year

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Enterprises employing 50 to 249 employees registered the highest number of fatalities at work. On the other hand, enterprises employing 250 to 499 employees did not register any fatalities at work (Table 6).

More than 90 per cent of all deaths were caused by head injuries (Table 7). Regarding the type of injuries suffered by the victims, during 2022 and 2023, 18 fatalities at work involved concussions and internal injuries (Table 8).

During the past two years, 55 per cent of all fatalities at work occurred in the construction sector (Table 9). Most fatalities at work (65.0 per cent) involved victims who were engaged in elementary occupations (Table 10).

In 2022 and 2023 the incidence rate stood at 5.3 and 1.7 respectively (Table 11).  

Tables

Methodological Notes

1. The source of the data on fatal accidents at work is the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA).

2. Definitions:

Fatal accident refers to an accident which leads to the death of a victim within one year of the accident.

Self-employed persons are defined as persons who work in their own business, professional practice or farm for the purpose of earning a profit derived from the goods or services produced.

Employees are defined as persons who work for a public or private employer and who receive compensation in the form of wages, salaries, fees, gratuities, payment by results or payment in kind.

● Other employment status refers to:

–  Family worker: Family workers are persons who help another member of the family to run an agricultural holding or other business, provided they are not considered as employees.

–  Trainee / Apprentice: Persons with an apprenticeship contract or in a situation in which vocational training predominates over productivity.

–  Other employment status.

●  The standardised incidence rate is defined as the weighted sum of the number of fatal accidents at work per 100,000 persons in employment.

3.  More information relating to this news release may be accessed at:

Statistical Concepts
Classifications:

LAU
Part of body injured
Type of injury
NACE
ISCO 2008

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Fatalities at Work: 2022-2023
NR 069/2024
Release Date: 19 April 2024
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  • The Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) reported 20 fatalities at work in 2022 and 2023.
  • Fatal accidents at work took place mostly in the Southern Harbour district.
  • 60 per cent of all fatal accidents that occurred in the past two years involved Maltese nationals.
  • 55 per cent of all fatalities at work occurred in the construction sector.
  • Most fatalities at work (13 fatalities or 65 per cent of total fatalities) involved victims who were engaged in elementary occupations.

Notes

Graphical Illustration of MALTA by LAU 1 Classification

Districts classification:

Southern Harbour
Bormla; Il-Fgura; Floriana; Ħal Luqa; Ħaż-Żabbar; Il-Kalkara; Il-Marsa; Raħal Ġdid; Santa Luċija; L-Isla; Ħal Tarxien; Valletta; Il-Birgu; Ix-Xgħajra.

Northern Harbour
Birkirkara; Il-Gżira; Ħal Qormi; Il-Ħamrun; L-Imsida; Pembroke; San Ġwann; Santa Venera; San Ġiljan; Is-Swieqi; Ta’ Xbiex; Tal-Pietà; Tas-Sliema.

South Eastern
Birżebbuġa; Il-Gudja; Ħal Għaxaq; Ħal Kirkop; Ħal Safi; Marsaskala; Marsaxlokk; L-Imqabba; Il-Qrendi; Iz-Żejtun; iz-Żurrieq.

Western
Ħad-Dingli; Ħal Balzan; Ħal Lija; Ħ’Attard; Ħaż-Żebbuġ; L-Iklin; L-Imdina; L-Imtarfa; Ir-Rabat; Is-Siġġiewi.

Northern
Ħal Għargħur; Il-Mellieħa; L-Imġarr; Il-Mosta; In-Naxxar; San Pawl Il-Baħar.

Gozo and Comino
Il-Fontana; Għajnsielem and Comino; L-Għarb; L-Għasri; Il-Munxar; In-Nadur; Il-Qala; San Lawrenz; Ta’ Kerċem; Ta’ Sannat; Ir-Rabat; Ix-Xagħra; Ix-Xewkija; Iż-Żebbuġ.

Graphical Illustration of MALTA by LAU 2 Classification

Key
1 Valletta 18 Floriana 35 Marsaskala 52 San Ġiljan
2 L-Imdina 19 Il-Fontana 36 Marsaxlokk 53 San Ġwann
3 Il-Birgu 20 Il-Gudja 37 Il-Mellieħa 54 San Lawrenz
4 L-Isla 21 Il-Gżira 38 L-Imġarr 55 San Pawl Il-Baħar
5 Bormla 22 Għajnsielem and Comino 39 Il-Mosta 56 Ta' Sannat
6 Ħal Qormi 23 L-Għarb 40 L-Imqabba 57 Santa Luċija
7 Ħaż-Żebbuġ 24 Ħal Għargħur 41 L-Imsida 58 Santa Venera
8 Ħaż-Żabbar 25 L-Għasri 42 Il-Munxar 59 Tas-Sliema
9 Is-Siġġiewi 26 Ħal Għaxaq 43 In-Nadur 60 Is-Swieqi
10 Iż-Żejtun 27 Il-Ħamrun 44 In-Naxxar 61 Ta' Xbiex
11 Ir-Rabat, Għawdex 28 L-Iklin 45 Raħal Ġdid 62 Ħal Tarxien
12 Ħ'Attard 29 Il-Kalkara 46 Pembroke 63 Ix-Xagħra
13 Ħal Balzan 30 Ta' Kerċem 47 Tal-Pieta' 64 Ix-Xewkija
14 Birkirkara 31 Ħal Kirkop 48 Il-Qala 65 Ix-Xgħajra
15 Birżebbuġa 32 Ħal Lija 49 Il-Qrendi 66 Iż-Żebbuġ, Għawdex
16 Ħad-Dingli 33 Ħal Luqa 50 Ir-Rabat, Malta 67 Iż-Żurrieq
17 Il-Fgura 34 Il-Marsa 51 Ħal Safi 68 L-Imtarfa
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