KUALA LUMPUR: At least two deaths were recorded on average daily due to road accidents last year.
The Social Security Organisation (Socso) said the number of road accidents involving workers was on the rise, with more than 30,000 cases recorded last year.
“In 2017, there were 33,319 cases with a total of 667 fatalities involving workers due to road accidents.
“This means that on average, there were two deaths due to road accidents each day,” said Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran in a speech read out by Socso chairman Tan Sri Dr Aseh Che Mat at the launch of a safety campaign yesterday.
Also present were National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and Prasarana Malaysia Bhd president and group chief officer Masnizam Hisham.
The safety campaign was organised by Prasarana as part of its commitment to best practices.
In a joint study with Universiti Teknologi Mara, Kulasegaran said 80% of the accidents involved male workers and 76.9% involved motorcyclists and pillion riders.
The study also showed that 65% of the accidents involved workers below the age of 40.
About 55% of the accidents occurred when the workers were nearing their destination or about 5km from their workplaces, while 52% occurred when they were on duty or on their way home.
In a different study with Monash University, Socso found that the attitude of motorcyclists and drivers was the main cause of accidents in Malaysia.
Among the bad behaviours were driving above the speed limit, using mobile phone, not wearing the helmet in the correct way and driving in a reckless manner.
Kulasegaran said last year alone, Socso paid out between RM600mil and RM800mil for the road accidents that caused death, disability and injuries.
He hoped that the safety campaign launched this year would help reduce the number of road accidents involving workers.
He also said employers should play an active role in improving the attitude of their employees while on the road.