Govt commits to curbing occupational accidents

Government has reaffirmed its commitment to curbing occupational accidents by developing reliable systems that allow collection of critical data.

This came out at the commemoration of the World Day for Safety and Health held in the capital.

Statistics by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) indicate that about 6 400 people die from occupational accidents or diseases, transforming to over US$2.3 million deaths every year.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Mr Ngoni Masoka says effective and reliable data collection is important in addressing causes of work place accidents.

ILO country representative Ms Hopolang Phororo noted the agriculture, mining and forestry sectors recorded the highest number of occupational accidents.

Representatives of labour organisations say protection of workers is a fundamental right for every employee.

Concerns have been raised over the failure by the National Social Security Authority to carry out comprehensive data collection as the informal sector is left out from the statistics.

Last year the country registered 63 fatalities up from 54 deaths recorded in 2015.

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