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    71 injured at work in Masvingo in the first quarter


    – At least five people died and 71 others were injured at the workplace in Masvingo Province between January and March this year.
    Speaking to The Mirror at the sidelines of World Day for Safety and Health Commemorations held at Tshovani Stadium recently, National Social Security Authority acting regional manager Titus Mbambi said the province had seen a slight increase in workplace injuries as compared to the same period last year.
    Despite the cases, NSSA is happy with the level of compliance to safety requirements by companies in the region.
    "According to our records Masvingo recorded 76 cases of workplace injuries from January to April this year and of these cases 5 were fatal. This is a slight increase as compared to 3 fatalities out of 66 cases recorded during the same period in 2015.
    In 2014 the province recorded 269 cases with 7 deaths in 12 months and in 2015 it recorded 4 fatalities out of 197 cases in the whole year. These cases are unacceptable but as NSSA we are happy with the level of compliance by companies from Masvingo Province in-terms of workplace safety. They really appreciate safety matters, and schools which have boilers are also compliant.
    "This year`s theme was Workplace Stress Management: Contributing to Safe, Healthy and Productive Work. Work related stress is now generally acknowledged as a global issue affecting all countries, all professions and all workers both in developing and developed countries. In this complex context, the workplace is at the same time an important source of psychosocial risks and the ideal venue to address them in order to protect the health and well-being of workers," said Mbambi.
    The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on April 28 and has been observed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) since 2003. local news
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