Fatal Incident

Published: | Updated: July 29, 2018

Definition - What does Fatal Incident mean?

A fatal incident or accident at work is defined as an accident that leads to an employee fatality. This includes accidents that occur off-premises as long as they occur during the course of performing work. How a fatal accident is defined may depend on the country in which it occurs. If a person dies on the same day of the accident, then that injury is considered to be fatal in Holland. That time span is 30 days in Germany, while in Greece and France there is no time limit defined for the accident to be called as fatal. The term is most commonly used in European Union countries.

A fatal incident may also be known as a fatal accident.

Safeopedia explains Fatal Incident

In a workplace there could be thousand reasons for am accident. The most common cause of fatalities in the U.S. is transportation incidents, followed by workplace violence, slips, trips and falls, and contact with dangerous objects and equipment.

Reducing fatal incidents is a key goal in workplaces health and safety initiatives.

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