PRETORIA, Modern working environments pose greater risks to workers, and in order to alert workers to such dangers, the South African Department of Labour will be hosting a campaign to celebrate the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on Friday.
The event, to be celebrated at the Alberton Municipality offices in Ekurhuleni, 70 kilometres south of here, aims to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases in the workplace and ties in with the International Labour Organization (ILO) campaign for the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which focuses on the need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and use reliable occupational safety and health (OSH) data.
The day, which will be celebrated under theme, “Optimise the collection and use of occupational safety and health (OSH) data”, is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held annually and has been observed by the ILO since 2003.
According to ILO estimates, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease every 15 seconds. Every day, some 6,300 workers die from occupational accidents or work-related diseases, amounting to more than 2.3 million deaths a year, while 313 million workers suffer non-fatal occupational injuries each year with 860,000 people injured on the job every day.
In addition to the tremendous human cost, estimates have identified the significant economic impact of inadequate occupational safety and health. Four per cent of total global gross domestic product is lost annually, equivalent to 2.8 trillion US dollars, by costs related to lost working time, interruptions in production, treatment of occupational injuries and diseases, rehabilitation and compensation.
The situation in the construction, mining and agricultural sectors appears particularly critical.
Department of Labour Chief Inspector Tibor Szana says the department plans to release an unprecedented and comprehensive report on the state of occupational health and safety in South Africa between September and December this year.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK