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Joanna Seow
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014

Singapore

More workplace deaths, injuries despite stepped-up safety drive

The Straits Times | Joanna Seow | Saturday, Sep 13, 2014

SINGAPORE- Despite ramped-up efforts to curb the number of workplace accidents, fatalities and injuries at workplaces still rose in the first half of this year.

There were 30 deaths at work between January and June - an average of more than one a week, and five more compared with the same period last year.

This comes after a three-year decline in fatalities, according to the latest statistics from the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Institute released yesterday.

The construction sector was the main culprit, accounting for 17 deaths, followed by the transportation and storage sectors, where six workers lost their lives.

Falls (nine cases) and being struck by moving objects (four cases) were the most common killers across all industries.

Workplace injuries also climbed to 6,284 cases in the first half of the year, up from 5,522 in the same period last year - a 14 per cent increase.

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

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