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Labour ministry seeing improvement in workplace accidents reporting

Published: Thursday December 26, 2013 | 1:06 pm Comments 0
Derrick Kellier - File
Derrick Kellier - File

Labour minister Derrick Kellier has indicated that his ministry is seeing an improvement in the reporting of accidents in the workplace.

Kellier said in 2011 the ministry received 146 reports and 265 last year.

He said the improvement in reporting is the result of heightened surveillance of the labour ministry.

The labour minister pointed out that despite limited resources inspectors have stepped up their monitoring of workplaces to ensure compliance with safety standards.

He was speaking at the recent launch of the White Paper on the National Workplace policy on HIV and AIDS.

The policy will form part of the long awaited Occupational Health and Safety Act, which the labour minister said will be enacted by the end of the fiscal year.

The Act, among other things, is expected to define working conditions and set out standards for all workers.

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