Suva’s head office in Lucerne is being built in 1914/15.
On 1 April 1918 Suva commences operation. Already in the first year, 105,863 accidents are reported and insurance benefits totalling CHF 9.9m are provided. 849 disability pensions are awarded in 1918. At the end of the year, Suva has 525 employees.
Suva takes over the therapeutic spa “Zum Schiff” in Baden in 1928. Eight years later the spa opens the amputee training centre.
During the Great Depression in 1937, there is mounting criticism of Suva. The Federal Department of Economic Affairs sets up an expert commission to review Suva’s management and organisation. The report, published in 1937, becomes a proper vindication of Suva, stating that the company works proficiently and is well organised, orderly and respectable.
In 1942, driving a car is removed from the list of extraordinary risks.
In the 1950s, Suva introduces an information service in the area of accident prevention. The offerings range from lectures, films, posters and publications to training courses on occupational safety.
In 1968, motorcycling and the use of aircraft are removed from the list of extraordinary risks.
The Bellikon Rehabilitation Clinic is opened in 1974. Following hospitalisation, accident patients receive traditional physical and occupational therapy and are also supported by psychologists and social workers. In this way, they prepare to return to everyday life.
The new Federal Accident Insurance Act (AIA) goes into effect in 1984: All employees must be covered against accidents. Besides Suva, now other insurance carriers are also allowed to offer compulsory accident insurance. At the same time, Suva’s Occupational Safety Department is reorganised.
In 1985, Suva first records more than half a million accidents and occupational diseases. In addition, the number of leisure-time accidents (260,497) exceeds the number of occupational accidents (254,565) for the first time ever. The first warm-up campaign for ski injury prevention is launched.
In 1988 total assets exceed CHF 10 billion.
Starting 1 January 1993, a uniform premium rate applies to men and women for non-occupational accident insurance. Previously, men had paid a higher premium due to their higher risk of leisure-time accidents.
In 1999 the Clinique romande de réadaptation (CRR) is opened in Sion. As Suva’s second rehabilitation clinic, it focuses on the rehabilitation and reintegration of accident victims from Western Switzerland and the Valais.
In 2003, Suva introduces its “New Case Management” method. It is designed especially for accident victims who find themselves in a difficult professional, family or financial situation. Case managers support these accident victims in their endeavours to return to the workplace.
In 2004 Suva receives the ESPRIX Swiss Award for Excellence for its superb customer orientation. That same year, it is honoured with the Swiss Insurance Innovation Award for its reintegration method New Case Management (NCM).
A study compiled by Professor Jaeger and commissioned on behalf of the Federal Council concludes that far more of every franc invested goes to Suva’s insurees than is the case with private insurers (95 vs. 80 cents).
Effective from 1 July 2005, the Swiss Confederation transfers the management of its military insurance to Suva. Military insurance remains an independent social insurance organisation according to the Federal Law on Military Insurance (MIL).
Controversial real estate sales in 2005 result in a criminal investigation. By the end of the year the sales in question are nullified. There is no financial loss. Subsequently, Suva strengthens compliance and makes adjustments to its organisation.
With the 2009 ESPRIX Swiss Award for Excellence, Suva receives the highest Swiss distinction for business excellence. Federal Council member Ueli Maurer presents the award to Ulrich Fricker, Chairman of Suva’s Board of Management, on 5 March during the Forum for Excellence at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre.
Dr. Markus Dürr is elected Chairman of the Board of Directors at Suva on 17 December 2013. He succeeds Franz Steinegger, who was a member of the Board from 1 January 1988 to 31 December 2013, 23 of those years as its Chairman.
The National Council and Council of States approve the revision of the Federal Accident Insurance Act (AIA) in the final vote on Friday, 25 September 2015. This completes a process that had begun in 2006. The approved proposal corresponds in most points to the compromise drawn up by the social partners and insurance carriers. The revised law will go into effect 1 January 2017.
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