At a press conference held on April 11 (Photo: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – An action month for labour safety and hygiene this year will be held in May, with the launching ceremony to be organized in Quang Nam province on May 4.

The action month will deal with accessing and managing labour safety and hygiene risks at workplaces.

Accordingly, there will be a dialogue between the National Council for Labour Safety and Hygiene and enterprises, a seminar discussing experience in occupational accidents and preventive measures, a training course on health care for health workers, among others.

Labour safety and hygiene inspection will be launched at 10 construction sites and eight groups and corporations nationwide.

At a press conference held on April 11, Ha Tat Thang, head of the labour safety department of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs said 7,997 occupational accidents occurred nationwide in 2018, taking the lives of 1,039 labourers and leaving 1,939 others seriously injured.

Localities with most occupational accident fatalities in the year included Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hai Duong, Thai Nguyen, Yen Bai, Dong Nai, Quang Ninh, Ca Mau, Quang Nam and Binh Duong provinces.

Most of occupational accidents occurred in construction, building materials production, metallurgical engineering, and other fields.

Employers held accountable for nearly 46.5 percent of the total occupational accidents, in which their failure to build safe working practices for employees accounted for 24.56 percent and their failure to fully train safe working practices for employees accounted for 7.2 percent. Meanwhile, employees’ violation of labour safety practices was blamed for 18.42 percent of the total accidents.

In 2018, 2 million labourers took periodical health examinations. Occupational deafness was found in 66.6 percent of the labourers, followed by silicosis (16.8 percent), and occupational chronic bronchitis (9.9 percent).-VNA