nssa 20.06.11.jpgA call has been made for employers to invest in occupational health and safety management systems to reduce accidents at the work place.

This emerged during the commencement of a 3-day workshop on occupational safety and health being conducted at a local hotel in Harare.

The call for improved industrial safety standards comes amid revelations that by the end of February this year, a total of 17 fatalities and 821 serious workplace related injuries were recorded by NSSA.

Stakeholders who converged at the workshop to chat the way forward in fighting work related injuries concurred on the sustainability of investment in occupational health and safety management systems by employers, saying this will eventually be mutually beneficial.

NSSA Chief Inspector of Factories, Mr. John Mutswatiwa said the all-stakeholders workshop was organised so as to provide a platform for networking and information exchange which will lead to the reduction of injuries and deaths due to work place accidents.

The three day engineers’ workshop on occupational health and safety is running under the theme “An Investment for Sustainable Economic Growth” and its focal point is to show the participants how safe engineering improves economic performances and raises standards of living in society.

In the year 2011 alone, over 4 000 serious injuries were recorded at workplaces.