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Labour ministry report - Workplace accidents for last fiscal year decline

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2015 | 4:04 AM

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is reporting a decrease in workplace accidents last fiscal year.

According to the Ministry’s annual report for 2014, there was a 30.3 per cent drop in the number of reported accidents at workplaces when compared to 2013/14.

There were 383 reported accidents in the 2013/14 fiscal year compared to 267 last year.

The ministry says deaths associated with accidents also declined from four to three persons over the similar period.
The report came as Jamaica marked World Day for Safety and Health yesterday, under the theme: ‘Join in Building a Culture of Prevention on Occupational, Safety and Health’.

Director of the OSH Department, Robert Chung, reportedly told JIS News during an interview that the decrease in the number of reported accidents at the workplace is a result of increased sensitisation on the Occupation Safety and Health bill.

Chung says the Ministry’s Occupational Safety and Health team will introduce new services this fiscal year.

He says there are also plans in place to improve the quality of workplace inspections through the use of technology.