Big drop in workplace accidents and fatality rates, says HR Ministry

PETALING JAYA: A total of 34,216 workplace accidents including 317 fatalities were reported nationwide last year, says the Human Resources Ministry.

This has brought the workplace accident rate to 2.22 per 1,000 workers, which is lower than the 2.42 set in the Malaysian Occupational Safety and Health Master Plan 2025 (OSHMP25).

"The workplace fatality rate stood at 2.06 per 100,000 workers," it added in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 26).

The ministry said the workplace accident rate had reduced by 33% while the fatality rate dropped by 56%, compared to a decade ago.

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In 2012, the workplace accident rate was recorded at 3.31 per 1,000 employees, and 4.64 deaths in every 100,000 workers.

On the health aspects, it said the ministry has enhanced efforts to increase the awareness among employers, workers and medical practitioners to report cases of diseases and poisoning.

Last year, a total of 10,707 of such cases were reported, up by 18% compared to 2020.

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Among the cases, 7,143 were disease-related.

Based on these statistics, the ministry said all performance indicators set in OSHMP25 have been achieved.

"We hope all parties involved will continue to chip in their commitments to ensure the well-being of the workers," it added.

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