Brazil recorded, in 2022, 612.9 thousand notifications of work accidents. The number of deaths resulting from these accidents reached 2,500.
The hospital care business is the sector with the highest number of notifications, reaching more than 59,000 cases. Nursing technicians were the most affected professionals, with 36,000 cases.
The data was released on Wednesday (29) by the Occupational Safety and Health Observatory, an initiative of the Ministry of Public Labor, the International Labor Organization and various federal government agencies.
Professor Ildiberto Muniz, of the Faculty of Medicine of Potocato, a unit of the University of São Paulo (USP), says the data only reflects figures from the National Institute of Social Security (INSS), those linked to official employees, who contribute to social security.
“The main filter of social security information is that it refers to the factor associated with occupational accident insurance. So, the two-thirds of the working population who are not in the labor market, we can’t even say that the lack of that information contained in the social security data is not recorded, because it is not From Social Security’s intent to obtain this record, it is excluded in principle.”
To complement the information, the Observatory also issued data on mandatory notification of calls from the Unified Health System (SUS) related to accident cases at work. There were 392,000 worker accident notifications.
In 2022, there were more than 148,000 Social Security benefits for accident victims and 6,500 for disability retirement benefits.
Last year, the city of São Paulo recorded more than 51,000 accident notices. Rio comes next, with more than 18,000 accidents, and Belo Horizonte, with 11,000.
According to labor lawyer Luiz Fabiano de Assis, the SmartLab platform is now the largest repository of information on worker health in the country.
On the website, data from 2012 to 2022 can be found, presented in various forms of crosshairs and information. The data is available for public access at location smartlabbr.org.
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