PUTRAJAYA (Aug 9): Immediate measures must be taken to check the alarming number of fatal accidents at construction sites, said Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) safety, health and environment general manager M. Ramuseren.
In 2015 there were 140 fatalities recorded in the construction industry, he said at the launch of the book, Best Practices on The Occupational Safety and Health Construction Industry 2019, here yesterday.
"This number increased to 160 in 2016 and to 183 in 2017. In 2018 the number was 168,” he said.
He said an average of 4,000 construction industry accidents were reported to Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), Social Security Organisation (Socso) and Department of Labour yearly.
Ramuseren said CIDB's records showed that in Malaysia the fatality rate in the construction industry for 2018 was 13.44 in every 100,000 workers.
This is very high compared to the fatality rates in construction industries in Singapore (1.9 fatalities in every 100,000 workers), the United Kingdom (two in every 100,000) and China (five in 100,000), he said.
He said the Best Practices on The Occupational Safety and Health Construction Industry 2019 was developed by Giant Leap Construction Sdn Bhd, which has recorded three million hours without lost time injury.
This is a noble move and will set a good example to other contractors in Malaysia when it comes to complying with occupational safety and health legal requirements, Ramuseren said.