The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) says 47 people died in work related accidents during the first nine months of the year while during the same period, over 2 000 serious injuries were recorded.
Workers continue to die in work related accidents as most employers are not prioritising occupational health and safety issues, amid fears that the accidents and deaths will increase as the country’s industry is showing signs of growth.
Speaking on the sidelines of the national safety and health at the workplace conference in Harare, NSSA Director for the Occupational Health and Safety Department, Mr Rodgers Dhliwayo said losing 47 lives in nine months is unacceptable considering that industry is still not operating at full throttle.
â€œAs NSSA, we are worried about the frequency of work related accidents. We have had 47 deaths and this is not right for a country like Zimbabwe, which is emerging from the woods. We have inspectors as well, but they are sometimes overwhelmed,” said Mr Dhliwayo.
The work related accidents were mostly recorded in mining, manufacturing and agricultural sectors.
Zimbabwe has experienced some of its worst work related accidents in the past.
In 1972, 427 mine workers perished at Kamandama, Hwange Colliery after an explosion caused by methane gas at Number 1 mine shaft.