National labour safety week scheduled for late March hinh anh 1An industrial accident in Hanoi (Photo:VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) - The 18th annual National Week on Labour Safety and Hygiene – Fire and Explosion Prevention will run from March 20-26, with the launching ceremony to be held in the northern province of Hung Yen on March 20.

The event aims to call on all businesses, localities and labourers, by using practical activities, to actively observe the Law on Labour Safety and Hygiene when it comes into effect from July 1 this year.

Along with the organisation of the campaign, the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) urges ministries, localities and sectors to strengthen their monitoring and supervision of the implementation of labour safety and hygiene at enterprises, particularly those operating in high-risk fields such as construction, mining, chemicals and electricity.

The Ministry of Public Security and the Supreme People's Procuracy has instructed their subordinate bodies to work closely with the MoLISA on investigating and handling labour accident cases.

Publicity work is to be enhanced to raise public awareness of the Law on Labour Safety and Hygiene.

On-site supervision and monitoring must be strengthened at workplaces, while labourers should be trained to prevent and avoid industrial accidents, such as falling from heights, electrical shocks, dropping objects, collapses, etc.

According to Director of the MoLISA’s Department of Labour Safety Ha Tat Thang, in 2015, the localities that reported the highest numbers of fatal work related accidents were Ho Chi Minh City, Quang Ninh, Hanoi, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Ha Tinh, Long An, Thai Nguyen and Thanh Hoa.

Dong Nai was the province with the most industrial accidents, while Ho Chi Minh City recorded the most fatal cases, he said at a press briefing on March 4.

The latest statistics showed that 7,620 accidents occurred at work last year, killing and injuring 7,785 workers, and causing a total loss of nearly 154 billion VND (6.87 million USD).-VNA