Workplace fatalities at their lowest level since 2006 although injuries rose last year

Construction accounted for nearly half of the fatalities last year, with 27 deaths. Manufacturing had six deaths, while marine had four. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Construction accounted for nearly half of the fatalities last year, with 27 deaths. Manufacturing had six deaths, while marine had four. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Deaths at workplaces hit its lowest level last year, although injuries continued to rise.

The latest snapshot of workplace safety incidents last year showed that there were 60 deaths last year, lower than the 73 in 2013.

This works out to about 1.8 deaths per 100,000 employed workers, the lowest fatality rate since 2006, said the Workplace Health and Safety Institute (WSH).

Construction accounted for nearly half of the fatalities last year, with 27 deaths. Manufacturing had six deaths, while marine had four.

While fatalities fell, both minor and major injuries rose last year.

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There were 672 major injuries last year, up from 640 in 2013. Likewise, minor injuries also rose to 12,863, from 11,740 in 2013.

Said executive director of the WSH Institute, Dr Gan Siok Lin: "We are particularly concerned with the increase in the number of workplace major injuries. Companies need to take immediate steps to review their work practices and implement measures to address existing WSH issues and gaps that might have been overlooked previously."