November . 19 . 2020 SYNTH SIS IN @ COVID-19 www.ine.pt page 11/17 Communication Unit | tel: +351 21 842 61 10 | [email protected] The stress related to work deadlines and work overload affects more than 40% of the employed population In 2020, 165.1 thousand people aged 15 to 74 who were employed in the 2 nd quarter or had been employed in the previous twelve months, reported having had at least one accident at work during that period, i.e. 3.2% of the employed population. In 2013, by the time a previous ad hoc module such as this was part of the Employment survey, this percentage was 4.0%. The occurrence of accidents at work continues to be reported by: • Mainly people aged 35 to 44 (3.5% of the employed population); • More men (3.7% of the employed population) than women (2.6%). People employed aged 15 to 74 or working up to a year before that have referred at least one accident at work occurred in the last 12 months 3.7% 2.6% 2.8% 3.5% 3.2% 3.2% Men Women 15 to 34 years 35 to 44 years 45 to 54 years 55 and over Total: 3.2% In the 2 nd quarter of 2020 or the twelve previous months, concerning the employed population aged 15 to 74 years 1 : • There has been a decrease in the risk of accidents in construction workers from 5.8% in 2013 to 4.0% and they are no longer the most affected by accidents at work in the twelve months preceding the interview; • 482,500 people (56,700 fewer than in 2013) reported having had some health problem caused or made worse by work; • Health problems continued to affect women (7.8%) more than men (5.9%); • Health problems were more frequent from the age of 55 onwards; • Bone, joint, or muscle problems as a whole were identified as the most serious by 59.9% of the population with at least one work-related health problem; • Of the total number of people employed, 82.2% reported that they were exposed to factors that could affect their physical health in the workplace (+6.6 percentage points (p.p.) than in 2013); • The repetitive hand and arm movements were the most frequently reported by those answering the survey (66.3%); • 54.0% of employed people reported exposure to mental health risk factors in their workplace (+17.2 p.p. than in 2013): » stress to comply with deadlines or work overload: 43.1%; » dealing with problematic, yet non-violent, people (customers, patients, pupils, citizens, etc.): 37.1%.