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Drive for workplace safety and health gains speed

by lloyd last modified 2009-05-04 12:22

4 May 2009

Thousands of workers will on Friday (May 8) this week converge on the Mangaung Sport Centre in Bloemfontein on to commemorate the world day for safety and health at work.

The event, which is a joint initiative of the Department of Labour, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), organised labour and organised business, will highlight the ever-present dangers faced by workers and emphasise preventive measures to reduce these risks.

Labour Minister, Membathisi Mdladlana will deliver the keynote address.

The celebration will take place under the theme: “Health and Life at Work: A fundamental human right.’’

The event comes hot on the heels of recent fatal workplace accidents in places ranging from Paarl in the Western Cape to Roodepoort in Gauteng.

According to the ILO estimates, each year two million people die from workplace accidents globally. These deaths, the organisation says, cost various countries’ gross domestic product four percent in economic loss.

Minister Mdladlana is expected to urge social partners to recommit themselves to the Occupational Health and Safety Accord signed in 2002 aimed at eliminating incidents and fatalities in the workplace as well as training workers and managers on safe working conditions.

As a build-up to the global event, labour inspectors will tomorrow (Tue) kick-off a series of blitz inspections on health-related workplaces, including hospices, hospitals, clinics and medical centres at selected parts of the Free State province. For any further inquiries on OHS Day arrangements kindly contact Labour Provincial Communications Officer Wisane Mavasa on 051-5056306 or 0828061351

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