Capturing the Ups and Downs of Accidents’ Figures – The Portuguese Case Study

  • Celina P. LeãoEmail author
  • Susana Costa
  • Nélson Costa
  • Pedro Arezes
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 876)


Nowadays, the need to obey the Portuguese legislation compels the employer to establish a safety management structure within the company that mirrors the legal-binding prevention general principles, patent in the legal framework for the Promotion of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). Moreover, Safety and Health at Work Management System, also evokes the importance of Safety in the current occupational arena in Portugal, where Safety is also a strategic target for companies, not only for image issues but also for the proven benefits of certification. Given this, it would seem logical to assume that the data reporting the number of accidents’ occurrence would naturally diminish in the course of the years. What one observes, however, is that these numbers oscillate, presenting ups and downs throughout the last years. What has happened, then? This article proposes to look within those numbers, describe their behavior and critically analyze them.


Accident Causes Occupational accidents Statistics 



The authors would like to express their acknowledgments to the COMPETE: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007043 and FCT – “Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia” within the Project Scope: UID/CEC/00319/2013 and by the European Structural and Investment Funds in the FEDER component, through the Operational Competitiveness and Internationalization Programme (COMPETE 2020) Project nº 002797; Funding Reference: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-002797”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Celina P. Leão
    • 1
    Email author
  • Susana Costa
    • 1
  • Nélson Costa
    • 1
  • Pedro Arezes
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre ALGORITMI, School of EngineeringUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal

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