Third Quarter 2020 National WSH Statistics

19 Nov 2020 Announcements

There were six fatal injuries between July and September 2020 (3Q 2020), one fatality more than 2Q 2020 and one fatality less than 3Q 2019. The 12-month rolling fatal injury rate per 100,000 workers in 3Q 2020 remained the same as 2Q 2020 at 1.1. 

Major and minor injuries as well as occupational diseases were higher in 3Q 2020 compared to the previous quarter in 2Q 2020. This was likely due to the resumption of business activities after the Circuit Breaker period. However, these indicators in 3Q 2020 were still lower compared to 3Q 2019.

The Manufacturing sector had the most fatal and major injuries with 27 injuries, while the Construction sector contributed 16 injuries. The number of fatal and major injuries from Slips, Trips & Falls (STFs) rebounded sharply in 3Q 2020, as it remained the top cause of fatal and major injuries, with 49 injuries surpassing the numbers recorded in the last two quarters. 

The Ministry of Manpower and WSH Council urge all stakeholders to stay vigilant and take time to take care of safety and health at work. Companies are encouraged to do more to ensure a safe restart of work activities, such as:

  • Review safety protocols and risk controls;
  • Ensure equipment are in good working condition;
  • Implement Safe Management Measures to minimise risks of COVID-19 outbreaks;
  • Provide refresher training to help workers to adjust back to work after a period of inactivity and;
  • Make sure that workers are fit and healthy to return to work.

View the WSH Statistic infographic here.

Help your workers stay safe and healthy while at work; download the WSH Training materials here.

To learn more about managing and improving employees’ health at the workplace, visit the National WSH Campaign 2020 microsite here.