A two-year "healthy workplaces" campaign has been launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.
Although accident, injury and disease rates have been dropping, EU workplaces experience 6.9 million workplace accidents and millions more work-related diseases, the organisation has estimated, at an economic cost of €490 billion per year. That figure is more than half the current cost of the EU's financial crisis bail-out fund.
The new campaign is focused on the importance of management leadership and worker participation in improving workplace safety and health.
László Andor, EU commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion, said: "Prioritising health and safety is not just the right thing to do, it's also good for business."