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NSSA: 38 killed in workplace accidents
19/08/2013 00:00:00
by Business Reporter
 
 
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THE National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has revealed that 38 people were killed in work related incidences during the first half of the year while 2,755 were injured.

According NSSA’s occupational safety and health report released on Friday, the number of people dying in work related accidents eased slightly to 38 compared to 43 fatalities during same period last year.

Most of the causalities occurred in Harare, which recorded 20 deaths from 1,073 injuries.

NSSA’s Director Occupational Safety and Health, Rodgers Dhliwayo, said blamed the fatalities and increased numbers of injuries the failure by companies to invest in occupational safety.

“In short, they do not care much about the safety and health of their workers. The immediate causes of accidents ranged from ignorance, recalcitrance, stubbornness, short-cutting procedures and incompetence,” he said.

“Few employers would like to be told that they do not care much about the safety and health of their workers. However, if they are not prepared to take the steps needed to adequately safeguard their staff, then that surely amounts to a lack of adequate care for their welfare.

“Protecting employees from injury may require a certain amount of expenditure. When money is tight and economic conditions are difficult, it is tempting for business people to cut corners and avoid unnecessary expenditure.

“However, spending money on protecting the lives and health of staff is not unnecessary expenditure. It is essential expenditure for anyone who cares about the lives and welfare of those they employ. It is also, in the long run, in a business’s own interests too.”

Last year there were 5,141 serious occupational injuries which resulted in 103 deaths, the highest number of occupational injuries and deaths since the country came out of hyperinflation.

In 2011, there were 4,158 serious work-related injuries recorded, 75 of which were fatal. In 2010 there were 4,410 serious injuries, resulting in 90 deaths.



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