A campaign was launched in Hanoi by the municipal Confederation of Labour (HCL) on March 11 in response to the 17th annual National Week on Occupational Health and Safety – Fire and Explosion Prevention from March 15-21.

The municipal confederation called for collaboration among its chapters, local authorities and businesses to organise practical activities to protect worker interests and apply advanced technology to create safe working conditions.

It also urged stakeholders to enhance campaign implementation monitoring and supervision while encouraging rule-abiding behaviours among workers to minimise risks of occupational accidents and diseases.

In 2014, as many as 132 industrial accidents occurred in Hanoi, killing 34 people and injuring four. The deadly accidents occurred mainly in construction and electricity.

The city also recorded 166 fires and explosions across the city, claiming 18 lives and leaving 16 injured, causing estimated conomic loss of 200 billion VND (9.3 million USD).-VNA