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Sabah sees 97 occupational accidents as of Apr 2018

13th July, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: As of April 2018, Sabah recorded 97 occupational accidents with two deaths, 87 non-permanent disability and eight permanent disability cases.

As compared to the same period of last year, 207 occupational accidents with five deaths, 93 non-permanent disability and nine permanent disability cases.

Although the performance of safety has improved slightly but more needs to be done, said Sabah Occupational Safety and Health Department Director Zulkifli Yahaya during the launch of the Master Builders Association Malaysia two-day seminar on Occupational Safety and Health and Workshop on Construction Accidents Investigation at a hotel here yesterday.

Overall, he said the rate of fatalities in construction industry nationwide per 100,000 workers has increased at an alarming rate.

In 2014, the fatality rate was 7.26 per 100,000 workers. In 2015, it went up 10.74, in 2016, it went further up to 12.78 and in 2017, it went up to 14.94 per 100,000 workers, he said.

In 2017, he said there were 6,125 accidents happened in construction sector. Out of 650 fatalities in all industry, 187 came from construction sector.

“This means that in a year, taking Sunday as an off day, construction industry recorded 1.2 fatalities in every two days.

“From this statistic, it is clear that construction industry has the highest fatality rate as compared to all other industries,” said Zulkifli.

So it is time the construction industry players buck up and take safety and health seriously and placed them on high priority in the project implementation, he urged.

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