SINGAPORE: The number of deaths and injuries at work have increased in the first half of 2016 as compared to the same period last year, according to data released on Monday (Sep 26) by the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Institute.
There were 42 deaths at work in the first half of 2016, a 40 per cent increase from the 30 during the same period last year. The WSH Council announced in April this year that there had been 22 workplace deaths since the start of the year.
The construction sector remained the top contributor to workplace fatalities, with 17 deaths in the first half of the year, up from 10 in January to June last year. Other sectors that saw year-on-year increases to the number of workplace fatal injuries include the marine sector, with an increase from two to five deaths, and the manufacturing sector, rising from two to six.
In total, there were 6,149 injuries in the first six months of the year, compared to 6,009 in the same period last year, according to the WSH Institute.
There was a slight decrease in major injuries - from 296 in the first half of 2016 to 284 in the same period this year - but minor injuries rose from 5,683 to 5,823.
While the frequency rate of accidents in the first half of the year remained constant from the same period last year at 1.5 accidents reported per 100,000 employees, the rate of injury increased from 178 to 181 injuries per 100,000 workers and the rate of fatal injuries increased from 0.9 to 1.2 deaths per 100,000 workers, according to the statistics.
The rate of occupational diseases decreased from 13.1 to 11.8 cases per 100,000 workers in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period of last year, with an absolute decrease in number from 441 to 400, it added.
The most common form of occupational disease was noise-induced deafness with 226 cases, while another 141 reported suffering from work-related musculoskeletal discorders such as back injuries, according to the WSH Institute report.