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Rising workplace accidents in Malaysia

By: Staff Journalist, Malaysia
Published: Apr 30, 2012

Malaysia – Workplace-related accidents in Malaysia are increasing as employers place less priority on safe work concepts.

Statistics compiled by the Social Security Organisation (Socso) showed there were 57,639 cases of workplace accidents in 2012 – an increase from the 55,186 reported incidents in 2009. A. Balasubramaniam, Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) vice-president, said the numbers represent a high percentage in the country’s small workforce, the New Straits Times reported.

"We are a small nation with a relatively small population, resulting in a small number of workers. The only thing high is work-related accidents," he said in a statement on Saturday, which was the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers.

A staggering two million people have died from workplace-related accidents worldwide over the last 17 years, while another 1.2 million were injured and more than 160 million workers fell ill due to unsafe, unhealthy and unsuitable workplaces during the period.

Balasubramaniam said employers must ensure that their workplace is safe, harmless and accident-free at all times.

"A safe working environment and an efficient system to achieve that is a must in all companies. The use of green technology can also eliminate hazardous working conditions and would contribute to reducing work-related accidents," he said.

Calling on the heavy industries sector to take the lead in ensuring a safe workplace, he also urged the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) to not hesitate in prosecuting employers who do not comply with safety procedures.

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