For Shipping Companies

An industrial accident is a physical or mental personal injury caused by an incident or exposure that occurs suddenly or within five days. Examples include injuring a finger in a capstan or falling on deck and breaking an arm.

The employer is responsible for reporting claims for industrial injuries. The injury must be reported to UFDS or the National Board of Industrial Injuries as quickly as possible and not later than five weeks after the injury occurred. Serious injuries must be reported within nine days of occurring.

Notification of Accidents at Work

If a claim is not reported as quickly as possible or within five weeks, there is a maximum time limit of one year within which the injury must be reported. This means the claim must be reported to UFDS or the Labour Market Insurance no later than one year after the injury occurred.
Please note that shipping companies are often also required to notify the Danish Maritime Authority of such incidents.

Incidents can be notified to the Danish Maritime Authority (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and the Labour Market Insurance electronically (EASY) or using the above form to UFDS.

NB: In the event of an accident in connection with loading and unloading in Danish ports or dockwork in Denmark, the accident must be reported to the Danish Working Environment Authority and not to the Danish Maritime Authority. This also applies when crew members are involved.

Accidents occurring on offshore installations on the Danish Continental Shelf must be notified to the Danish Energy Agency. However, if an accident occurs on a Danish-registered mobile offshore installation during sailing or towing, it must be notified to the Danish Maritime Authority.

In the event of a fatality the incident must always be reported to the relevant police authority, the Danish Maritime Authority, the Danish Working Environment Authority and UFDS.


Dental injuries

UFDS covers dental injuries sustained as a result of your work or working conditions without other personal injury.
Dental injuries arising during a meal are in principle not covered.

Who is required to report dental injuries?

The employer is required to report dental injuries to us.

Notification of Tooth injury

Damage to glasses and other aids

The insurance covers damage to aids arising in connection with work.
Aids include, for example, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and prostheses. UFDS may pay compensation for glasses and other aids damaged or lost at work.

Who is required to report damage to glasses?

The employer is required to report damage to glasses and other aids without personal injury to us.

Injury to spectacles etc.


Industrial accident

Reporting of industrial injury that occurs as a result of work performed by personnel on board vessels or is due to circumstances related to the work being performed.

Industrial accident/foreign flag:

Reporting of industrial injury involving crews hired on foreign-flagged ships associated with Danish shipping companies.

Damage to glasses:

Claim for damage to contact lenses or glasses that can be categorised as damage to glasses without personal injury in connection with work on board ship.


Damage to personal property:

Claim for damage to personal property. In the event of loss of or damage to crew members’ personal property in connection with the wreck of a Danish-registered ship, piracy, fire or other loss affecting the ship, please contact UFDS on +45 3313 8688 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Danish Shipowners’ Accident Insurance Association (UFDS)