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Usamate: 5.7K injuries at work from 2012 to 2016

From 2012 to 2016 the most reports of work-related incidents was in the area of injuries at work with a total of 5,674 cases. This was revealed yesterday by Minister
25 Apr 2017 11:13
Usamate: 5.7K injuries at work from 2012 to 2016

From 2012 to 2016 the most reports of work-related incidents was in the area of injuries at work with a total of 5,674 cases.

This was revealed yesterday by Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relation, Jone Usamate, in Parliament.

Over the same period, he said there were reported cases of 119 occupational diseases and 30 workplace related deaths.

In Fiji’s context, Mr Usamate said it equated to approximately 94 workplace injuries occurring every month or three injuries per day, two workplace illnesses per month and one workplace-related death every two months.

He said prompt and early resolution of OHS issues would greatly reduce serious accidents and fatalities in work places.

Mr Usamate said the measures included; awareness training; targeted inspections for high risk industries; and enforcement through the issue of legal notices and taking non-complying employers to Court for breach of the law.

Irrespective of size or location of an organisation, he said all workers in all industries were potentially exposed to workplace dangers that could threaten their health and safety.

Mr Usamate said in some industries dangers were evident by way of exposure to harmful chemicals, fires, explosions and breakdown of machineries.

He said OHS training was a legal requirement under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1996 as part of the duty of the employer to its workers.

Over the past five years, Mr Usamate said Government had provided 555 trainings on OHS covering 6696 employees like the agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism sector.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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