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Accident at work – and what next: Can a heart attack be an accident at work?

A variety of circumstances may cause a workplace accident. It is important to properly determine the cause of an accident, because only an event that had an external cause may be deemed a work accident.

An external cause of an accident has a very broad definition. It may be the operation of a workplace machine or tool, or the behaviour of another person, or of the injured person himself. A workplace accident may even be caused by the employee tripping, or his unfortunate reflex action that led to a fall and the injury.

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Accident at work – and what next: When to appoint an accident investigation team?

An accident at work has far-reaching consequences for an employer. An accident procedure must be initiated in which the accident investigation team examines the circumstances and causes of the accident, then includes their findings in an accident report. The labour inspector and public prosecutor must also be informed of any fatal, serious or collective accident. The labour inspector may initiate an inspection at the workplace and the public prosecutor may initiate criminal proceedings to investigate the accident.

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