HIGH RATE OF DEATHS AND INJURIES REPORTED IN FIJI WORKPLACE

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 29, 1999 – PACNEWS)---Figures released by Fiji’s Labor Ministry shows 26 people were killed and 154 injured in work-related accidents in the first quarter of this year.

In 1997, 124 people died and 957 were injured in the workplace. Last year, the reported deaths were down to 112 people, but over 1,300 were injured.

Assistant Labor Officer Dharmend Prasad said the new Occupational Health and Safety legislation, which came into effect in November, would help bring down the number of fatalities and injuries at the workplace.

However, Secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) Pratap Chand said the number of deaths and injuries this year could be higher than previous years because of unsustainable work practices.

He called on employees to improve the work environment. The figures were presented at an FTUC gathering to mark International Day of Mourning which commemorates workers who had died or were injured at work in past years.

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