BANGI: Workplace accidents have decreased but more are getting involved in accidents to and from work each year, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam.
There were 20,814 such cases last year, an increase from the 19,041 accidents in 2008.
He said 1,230 people lost their lives last year.
“There were only 18,387 cases in 2002. The number of cases keeps increasing. This is worrying,” he said yesterday when launching the “Safety and Health Officer Programme for Developing Countries” course at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health here.
On accidents in the workplace, Dr Subramaniam said there was a drop in the number of incidents each year due to better safety and health measures practised by employers.
“However, more needs to be done. Strict occupational safety and health procedures must be followed at all times,” he added.
A total of 34,349 workplace accidents were recorded last year, a drop from the 35,092 in 2008 and the 64,423 cases in 2002. - Star, 5/5/2010, More workers involved in on-the-road accidents