The 16th annual National Week on Labour Safety and Hygiene – Fire and Explosion Prevention will be launched from March 16-22 in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue.

The locality is gearing up for the event, which will cover seminars, safety inspections and publicity raising activities. Organisers are particularly targeting prevention of industrial accidents, occupational diseases, fires and explosions at workplaces.

Latest statistics show that 6,695 accidents occurred at work in 2013, killing and injuring 6,887 workers.

The deadly accidents mainly occurred in the fields of mining, electricity, and mechanical manufacturing, due to lack of labour safety equipment and training courses.

Ministries and localities have been urged to fully implement State regulations concerning health and safety, especially in high-risk sectors, as well as publicising labour safety culture and preventive measures at workplaces.-VNA