2017-09-13Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.17886/RKI-GBE-2017-072
Accident injuries of adults in Germany
In 2014, according to estimates by the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), around 9.8 million people in Germany suffered accident injuries. Over 22,000 people died. Federal statistics, however, cannot comprehensively describe accidents in Germany. Here, the Robert Koch Institute health surveys provide an important addition. In the GEDA 2014/2015-EHIS survey, 10.5% of men and 6.9% of women reported that they had suffered accident injuries requiring medical treatment during the past 12 months. Young men aged 18 to 29 have the highest accident risk (18.1%). The overall accident injury figures have hardly changed since the previous GEDA 2012 survey. Preventing accidents is a highly important topic not only for the victims of accidents and their families, but also for society as a whole. According to the World Health Organization, a largely untapped potential for accident prevention remains.