Workplace deaths down in first half of 2013

SINGAPORE - The number of workplace deaths and minor injuries fell in the first half of this year, compared with the same period last year.

There were 25 fatal injuries, one fewer than in the year before, according to the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Institute.

Minor workplace injuries also declined, from 5,160 cases to 5,029.

But there were slightly more major workplace injuries - from 255 to 257.

The construction sector remained the top contributor of fatal workplace injuries.

The marine and manufacturing sectors, though, saw lower numbers of fatal workplace injuries, from three cases to one and from five to one, respectively.

Together, the three traditional high-risk sectors accounted for 52 per cent of all fatal workplace injuries reported.

The most common incident types that led to fatal workplace injuries were falls, being struck by moving objects, the collapse/failure of structure and equipment, and electrocution, said the report.

Mr Lee Tzu Yang, chairman of the WSH council, said it encouraged industry players to work to increase WSH capabilities and awareness among their employees.

He said there was still a long way to go to achieve "world class standards in terms of WSH outcomes".

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