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The staffing industry in Belgium is showing positive developments regarding health and safety as the number of accidents in the sector decreased sharply last year. Both the frequency and severity of injuries declined in 2012.
This is according to new findings of Prévention et Intérim (PI), an organisation dedicated to preventing accidents in the staffing industry.
The research found that accidents in the staffing industry dropped by -11% in 2012 from the prior year. PI called the results “excellent”. It said that the number of hours worked by agency staff amounted to 165 million in 2012. The number of accidents in the sector was reduced to 45 from 50 per one million hours worked, it said.
The data also indicates that students, who make up a large proportion of agency workers in Belgium, were also less prone to accidents last year than in 2011. This is despite the number of students working in the industry rising by +25% during 2012.
Blue-collar workers are generally more likely to experience an accident at work than their counterparts in white collar posts. White collar workers recorded a lower accident rate last year (14.1 accidents per one million hours worked), compared to blue collar workers (65.3 accidents per one million hours worked).