Work-related accidents worry ZCTU

zctu_logoBULAWAYO - Fourteen workers died while 686 were left injured in work-related accidents in Zimbabwe since February this year, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has revealed.

This was announced last week when Zimbabwe joined the world in commemorating World Safety Day under the theme Creating an effective and sustainable preventative occupational safety and health culture to secure the future. In Zimbabwe from February 2010 to date, 14 fatalities and 686 injuries have been recorded whilst in 2009, a total of 3,122 injuries and 64 fatalities were registered, said Gideon Shoko, second deputy Secretary General of the ZCTU.

Shoko was addressing delegates in his presentation during the World Safety Day commemorations in Bulawayo last week. Shoko said the ZCTU and the other social partners were on a drive to receive the national safety and health policy to provide for the promotion of a safe and healthy work environment as well as consultation with most representative organisations of employees and employers.

He advised on the need to nurture a safety and health culture and avoidance of the use of unserviced machines, poor housekeeping, poor management systems and supervision by incompetent authorities. It is our hope that by end of the decade our occupational safety and health system will have improved and workplace accidents reduced significantly, said Shoko.

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