Minister of Labour, Joseph Hamilton today disclosed today that 21 persons were killed at their place of work in 2022.
Minister Hamilton made the disclosure while defending the Government’s 2023 National Budget.
Focusing on his labour portfolio, MP Hamilton said the figure represents a 20% reduction in work place deaths when compared to the number of deaths recorded in 2021. It was noted that in 2020, 32 persons lost their lives, however, by 2021, there was a 16% reduction.
“Mr Speaker, in two years, we are moving from a place where in 2020, 32 persons lost their lives in work places, and we have moved 2022 that has decreased to 21, and the work continues,” Minister Hamilton said.
The Labour Minister also said the significant reduction in work place deaths is as a result of programmes and policies instituted by the Labour Ministry through its Occupation, Safety and Health Department.
But he noted however, that the issue is not a matter of statistics, since every time someone is killed on the job, it’s an entire family that is affected.
Minister Hamilton said the Labour Ministry will continue to establish work place Health and Safety Committees both in private and public sectors.