Socso: Average of 43 deaths per day in 2017

By BERNAMA / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has recorded an average of 43 deaths of workers per day last year, involving industrial accidents and non-communicable diseases.

Socso CEO Datuk Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said among the non-communicable diseases that had caused the death of the workers were hypertension, heart diseases and diabetes.

“The number of industrial accidents had increased by 6% to 33,319 cases last year from 31,314 cases in 2016, while fatal cases saw a slight decrease to 924 cases last year from 963 cases in 2016,” he told a press conference after the briefing and hand-over ceremony of Socso grants in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

At the event, Socso chairman Tan Sri Dr Aseh Che Mat (picture) presented the grants totalling RM5.8 million to 32 selected institutions and non-governmental organisations to implement 704 accident prevention programmes, including seminar, courses and consultancy.

Meanwhile, acting DG of Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) Dr Siti Zaharah Ishak, who represented Miros in receiving the grant, said Miros is always concerned about the safety of workers using motorcycles to go to or returning form work.

As such, she said Miros had introduced a three-phase road safety programme nationwide.

“The first phase involves 20 companies in Selangor. This is the base line platform for an engagement between safety health officers and the companies, to train their officers and staff.

“The second phase involves 95 companies nationwide and would engage their employees directly as we carry out several activities, including motorcycle inspection, defensive riding training and road safety seminar.

“The third phase involves an evaluation of the outcome and the effectiveness of the modules after being introduced for a year,” she added.