274 accidents involving agriculture, fisheries, forestry sectors recorded

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) has investigated 274 occupational accidents involving those working in agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors across the country for the first five months of this year.

Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said 3.6 per cent of the total number or 10 cases investigated involved fatal accidents while 33 other cases were workplace-related disease and poisoning.

“Among the fatal cases recorded including falling off tractors, electrocuted, injured by oil palm fruit sickle and inhaled toxic gas while working in a confined space,” he said at the opening of the Occupational Safety and Health at the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Sectors seminar yesterday.

Also present were DOSH Director-General Omar Mat Piah and Sabah DOSH Director Zulkifli Yahaya.

About 200 participants, namely, employers and workers in agriculture, fisheries, plantation and forestry sectors in Sabah, participated in the one-day seminar organised by DOSH in collaboration with the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) and the Social Security Organisation (Socso).

The seminar was aimed at raising awareness on the aspects of occupational safety and health in the three sectors as they were also facing the risk of injuries and health hazard that could lead to serious illness.