The government plans to review occupational safety policies at industrial workplaces to reduce labour fatalities which hinder efforts to increase production across key sectors of the economy.

Data released to chief executive officers for local companies at an occupation safety meeting in the capital on Friday indicate Zimbabwe has in the first eight months of this year recorded 3 841 injuries and 51 fatalities at workplaces against 5 007 serious injuries and 65 fatalities for  2017.

The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Dr Sekai Nzenza told industrialists that the government is therefore engaging the private sector to come up with workable policies to reduce fatalities at workplaces.

“We are doing all we can to curb the rise in the fatalities that are becoming a menace to our economy,” said Dr Nzenza.

National Social Security Authority Chief Research and Development Officer Mr Benjamin Mutetwa says while most of the occupational hazards are happening in key sectors it is high time industry complies with key policies of providing a safe and healthy environment for employees.

“There is also need to embrace key policies that have to do with key macro-economic fundamentals to unlock productivity,” Mr Mutetwa said.

Captains of industry and commerce therefore resolved to facilitate smooth and efficient occupational safety policies in line with the agreed Vision 2030 to transform Zimbabwe into a middle income economy with increased investment, decent jobs, broad-based empowerment, free from poverty and corruption by 2030.