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Table 7 Description of occupational accidents among physiotherapists according to ‘7% statistics’, BGW data

From: Occupational accident and disease claims, work-related stress and job satisfaction of physiotherapists

Circumstances of accident Occupational accident Accident en route to/from work
Environment where the accident victim was located prior to the accident N % N %
Physiotherapy practice or healthcare institution 191 63.0 6 3.1
Paths, roads, public domain 76 25.1 187 95.4
Other 36 11.9 3 1.5
The activity the victim was engaged in immediately before the accident     
Handling tools 15 5.0 --  
Handling machinery 2 0.7 --  
Driving/handling power-driven conveyances (car etc.) 37 12.2 76 38.8
Driving/handling non-power-driven conveyances (bicycle etc.) 6 2.0 44 22.4
Handling objects 58 19.1 --  
Running, walking, moving 163 53.8 73 37.2
Other 12 4.0 3 1.5
Event leading to the accident     
Loss of control of tool, machinery 18 5.9 1 0.5
Loss of control of vehicle or conveyance 36 11.9 111 56.6
Slipping, stumbling, falling 130 42.9 67 34.1
Uncoordinated, inappropriate, unsuitable movements 76 25.1 5 2.6
Lifting and carrying objects 10 3.3 --  
Surprise, fright, violence 7 2.3 5 2.6
Other 26 8.6 7 3.6
Contact via which the victim was injured     
Contact with electrical current, temperatures, hazardous substances 7 2.3 1 0.5
Colliding with or running into a stationary object (the victim moves) 113 37.3 104 53.1
Contact with a sharp, pointed object 15 5.0 1 0.5
Hit by collision with a moving object 54 17.8 70 35.7
Contact with a hard or rough object 10 3.3 1 0.5
Jammed, squashed 11 3.6 2 1.0
Acute excessive physical strain 79 26.1 14 7.1
Acute excessive mental strain 1 0.3 --  
Blow, kick, push, bite 7 2.3 3 1.5
Other 5 1.7 --  
Most important object connected with the accident     
Building, building installations 139 45.9 80 40.8
Tools, machinery 16 5.3 --  
Vehicles 43 14.2 103 52.6
Office furnishings, personal equipment, kitchen appliances 50 16.5 --  
Humans and other living beings 40 13.2 7 3.6
Other 15 5.0 6 3.1
Total 303 100.0 196 100.0