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Fewer workplace fatalities, injuries in first half '15

Inspectors (in blue) from the Workplace Safety and Health inspectors checking the construction site along Jalan Ampas under Operation Sunbird on Feb 10, 2015.

IN the first half of 2015, the number of workplace fatalities and injuries declined by 15 per cent and 9.3 per cent respectively, compared to the same period in 2014.

According to the latest Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Statistics Report released by the WSH Institute, there were 29 fatalities and 5,950 injuries in the first half of 2015, while the same period last year saw 34 fatalities and 6,563 injuries.

There was, however, a slight increase in occupational diseases, from 428 cases in the first half of 2014 to 438 cases in the same period this year.

"The better WSH performance in the first six months is a reflection of the joint efforts put in by the government and industry. The industry can tap on the report to identify key areas for further improvement and implement measures to mitigate risks at the workplace. We must remain vigilant and continue to make these improvements, and believe that every injury and ill-health at work is preventable," said Gan Siok Lin, executive director of the WSH Institute.

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