Workplace fatality rate fell to 9-year low in 2012 but workplace injuries increased
Workplaces in Singapore were safer, with the workplace fatality rate falling to a nine-year low in 2012.
It dropped from 5 per 100 thousand employed persons in 2004 to some 2 per 100 thousand 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 almost 10 per cent, leading to an increase of about 3 per cent in man-days lost.
Cases of occupation 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.
The number of work-related falls dropped from 26 cases in 2011 to 17 in 2012.
However, it was still the leading incident type last year, accounting for 30 per cent of all fatalities and 40 per cent of all major injuries.
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