Sunday, December 15, 2013

MALAYSIA:::Niosh Calls For Collaboration To Prevent Commuting Accidents

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 (Bernama) -- The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has called on employers and employees to be committed in hatching a culture of preventing and reducing commuting accidents on the road.

Its chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said a major occupational safety and health issue in Malaysia was the one related to commuting accidents involving employees who commuted from their home to their place of work and vice-versa.

"The number of commuting accidents involving employees has increased 38 per cent in the past five years, from 19,041 accidents with 17,174 deaths in 2008 to 26,262 deaths last year, as reported by the country's Social Security Organisation (Socso).

"For the first nine months of this year, a total number of 20,225 commuting accidents were reported, as compared to 19,344 cases for the same period last year, an increase of 7.28 per cent," he said in a statement here today.

Lee said, according to Socso, there were three work-related deaths every day in 2011, and two out of three deaths were due to commuting accidents, indicating a serious situation in the country.

"Based on Socso's statistics, accidents happen on the way to work in the morning. It may happen because workers rush to work...other underlying factors are speeding, reckless driving, texting and lack of focus.

"(On their part) Employers can help devise safe journeys, using safe vehicles and providing driver training to prevent road accidents," observed Lee.



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