Definition: Members of the public

Social statistics

Accidents to members of the public are not included in the ESAW (European Statistics on Accidents at Work) methodology. Even if such an accident is due to a work activity within a company it should not be regarded as an accident at work under the ESAW (European Statistics on Accidents at Work) methodology. This includes accidents contracted by employed persons who are not at work and who carry out activities which are not in the course of their work, for example, visit to a shop, an administration, a bank, insurance, station, telecom, hospital, post office, port, airport, etc. Family members of an employee or employer present within the company who are victims of an accident are considered as members of the public and are excluded from the ESAW (European Statistics on Accidents at Work) methodology. This applies also to children in, for example, the nursery in the company.
Source:
Eurostat, "European statistics on accidents at work - Methodology", 1998 Edition, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 1999, p.6
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