HCM CITY (VNS) — The city is stepping up its inspections of local companies, especially those in the construction field, to prevent the usual spike in the number of workplace accidents near the end of the year.
|Workers build a flyover pillar in HCM City. The city is stepping up workplace safety inspections to reduce a year-end increase in accidents. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Phan
Nguyen Quoc Viet, head of the labour-safety division at the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said the number of workplace accidents had declined in the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year.
Speaking at a meeting held on Tuesday, Viet said there were 37 workplace accidents during the first half of the year, leaving 37 people dead and one person injured.
Forty-three deaths were recorded in the same period last year, he said.
Most of the accidents are due to workers' poor awareness of labour-safety regulations, and enterprises' use of equipment that does not ensure labour safety at their factories and construction sites.
Viet said that department's inspectors had fined companies a total of VND306 million (US$14,570) in the first six months of the year.
In addition, the city recorded 184 fires in the first six months of the year, down 45 per cent compared to the same period last year. The fires killed seven people and injured 10.
Viet said that many households and companies still had not bought fire extinguishers and other fire-prevention devices.
In HCM City, 82 enterprises with a total of 8,385 employees work in a hazardous environment, according to the Centre for Environment and Health Protection under the Health Department.
Of these employees, 193 were diagnosed with occupational diseases, including stomach ulcers and loss of hearing. Another 863 people have to be monitored closely for workplace-related ailments. —VNS