Non-fatal workplace accidents decrease by 6% in first half of 2019

1st August 2019

Fatal work-accidents for January-June 2019 triple when compared with the same period last year, from one fatality to three.

A total of 1,553 persons were involved in non-fatal workplace accidents for the first six months of 2019, records released by the National Statistics Office (NSO) show.

This represents a decrease by 100 reported accidents, or 6%.

When looking at the same period in 2018, it was found that workplace accidents deceased by 41 cases in administrative and support services, however it increased by 40 cases in human health and social work activities.

Almost half, 46.3%, of the injuries at work affected the upper extremities of the body, such as the fingers and hands. Wounds and superficial injuries, and dislocations, sprains and strains were the most common types of injuries, amounting to 889 and 325 cases respectively.

In the first half of 2019, 37.5 per cent of the non-fatal accidents at work took place in enterprises with more than 500 employees.

When looking at fatal accidents between January and June 2019, the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) reported three fatal accidents at work. There was one fatal accident at work in the corresponding period of 2018.

The most recent fatality took place in June when a 23-year-old Malian worker died days after falling four-storeys off a school he was working on in Qawra. In 2019, a total of three buildings collapsed due to adjacent construction works, prompting the government to issue revised building regulations. These have been met with mixed reviews, however the issue of work-place accidents, especially in the construction sector, has been given prominence of late.

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