WSH Bulletin, 2 October 2020: First Half 2020 National WSH Statistics // Industry Workshop
2 October 2020, Ref: 2021056
First Half 2020 National WSH Statistics
The number of workplace injuries fell by nearly 25%, from 6,630 in the first half (1H) of 2019 to 4,996 in 1H 2020, likely due to the suspension of certain workplace activities in 2Q 2020 due to COVID-19. However, there were 16 workplace fatalities in the 1H 2020, similar to that in 1H 2019 (17) and 1H 2018 (18). The 12-month rolling fatal injury rate remained at 1.1 per 100,000 workers as of end June 2020, similar to the rates as of end June 2019 and end December 2019. This was despite a reduction of workplace activities due to COVID-19 in the second quarter (2Q) of 2020.
The Transportation & Storage industry accounted for the highest number of fatalities (five cases) in 1H 2020. Its 12-month fatality rate also increased from 3.1 per 100,000 workers as of end December 2019 to 3.8 as of end June 2020. Its total number of fatal and major injuries (31) remained similar to that in 1H 2019 (35) and 2H 2019 (30).
The top two causes of fatal injuries remained to be ‘Falls from Height’ and ‘Vehicular-related Incidents’ for 1H 2020 while ‘Slips, Trips and Falls’ and ‘Machinery-related Incidents’ remained as the leading causes of major and minor incidents.
The number of dangerous occurrences fell from nine in 1H 2019 to four in 1H 2020. Two were fire and explosion cases; the other two were crane-related incidents. The total number of Occupational Diseases (ODs) cases fell by 26%, from 264 in 1H 2019 to 195 in 1H 2020. The top two ODs were work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD) and noise-induced deafness (NID), which jointly account for 92% of all OD cases in 1H 2020.
The WSH 2028 strategy recommendations will be progressively implemented to sharpen the commercial impact on companies with unsafe practices. From 4Q 2020, the WSH performance of companies will be published, starting with construction companies. Criteria will also be introduced to disqualify unsafe contractors from all public construction tenders. From 1 September 2020, employers have also been required to report all work accidents that result in medical leave or light duty.
To generate greater awareness, the WSH Council has also sent out regular WSH bulletins and social media posts as reminders to companies to ensure safe re-opening of projects and businesses across industries. The WSH Council has also released digital training materials on WSH and COVID-19 prevention to help firms adapt to the new normal. Since May 2020, the WSH Council has also kickstarted a series of campaigns targeting the accident hotspots of machinery safety, vehicular safety, and slips, trips and falls.
MOM and the WSH Council urge all stakeholders to stay vigilant and ensure safe and healthy workplaces for all workers.
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