Niosh: Industrial accidents down, but don't be complacent

PETALING JAYA: There is no room for complacency despite a significant reduction in reported industrial accident cases, said National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. 

"According to Socso statistics, the total number of reported industrial accidents had decreased from 121,593 in 1993 to 43,885 in 2005, which is nearly a 60% reduction. 

"This is commendable since the workforce has increased substantially since then. However, there is no room for complacency and everyone should have a common goal of striving towards zero-accident target in every workplace," he said in a statement here on Tuesday. 

Lee said efforts to curb workplace accidents need to be enhanced and improving occupational safety and health should be an ongoing task for everyone including employees. 

"Last year, the total compensation costs paid out by Socso for industrial accidents and occupational diseases accounted for almost RM890mil and the amount will keep increasing. 

"We hope the frequency and severity of occupational diseases and fatal accidents can be reduced by up to 20% in the next five years," he added. 

Lee said it was essential for workers to be provided with safety induction so that they were aware and abided by all safety procedures, including the proper use of safety equipment. 

"Niosh has introduced a safety passport programme to cater for the safety induction of workers engaged by various industries and to improve the safety practices and standard among workers, especially the workers of contractors," he added. 

Lee said the latest programme was initiated last November with Telekom Malaysia (TM) for their contract workers hired to carry out maintenance and non-routine works, including at high place and confined spaces. 

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