SINGAPORE: Workplaces in Singapore were safer, with the workplace fatality rate falling to a nine—year low in 2012.
It dropped from 4.9 per 100,000 employed persons in 2004 to 2.1 per 100,000 employed persons in 2012.
The number of workplace fatalities fell from 61 in 2011 to 56 in 2012.
However, the number of reported workplace injuries and cases of occupational diseases increased.
Reported workplace injuries went up by 9.8 per cent, leading to an increase of 3.2 per cent in man—days lost.
Nearly 18,160 more man—days were lost in 2012 compared to 2011.
Cases of occupational diseases rose by 18 per cent, from 839 reported in 2011 to 987 in 2012.
This was mainly due to increased monitoring efforts by the Manpower Ministry to encourage early detection and reporting.
88 per cent of these were cases of noise—induced deafness.
The number of work—related falls dropped from 26 cases in 2011 to 17 in 2012.
However, it was still the leading incident type in 2012, accounting for 30 per cent of all fatalities and 40 per cent of all major injuries.
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