Workplace injuries and deaths up

Workplace injuries and deaths up

SINGAPORE- There were more injuries and fatalities at the workplace in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, according to the Workplace Safety and Health Institute (WSH).

Thirty workers died between January and June - five more than 2013. Most were in the construction sector, with the most common causes for deaths being falls and being struck by moving objects.

There were four work-related fatal traffic injuries in the first six months.

SLIGHT INCREASE

Workplace major injuries inched up to 279 during the period, compared to 273 last year.

In total, there were 6,314 workplace injuries at the end of June, compared to 5,547 in the same period last year.

A total of 311,623 man-days were lost from workplace injuries, an increase of 5.8 per cent from January-June 2013.

Commenting on the report, Mr Lee Tzu Yang, chairman of the WSH Council, said: "Despite having put in place various processes and systems, our workplace safety and health performance for the first half of 2014 has not improved."


This article was first published on 11/09, 2014.
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