Based on Public Data Analysis: National Occupational Accident and Disease Statistics 2021, Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin said the number of occupational injuries dropped by 34.09 per cent last year with a total of 21,534 cases recorded compared to 32,674 cases in 2020.
Among the main factors contributing to the decline in the statistics was that most sectors of the economy had to be temporarily closed and operated in a shorter period to curb the spread of covid-19.
According to the chief statistician, the decline in cases has pushed employment for every 1000 workers in 2021 down 0.75 points to 1.43 compared to 2020 with 2.18 points.
Meanwhile, 85.3 per cent of the total number of injuries and 97 per cent of the total occupational fatal injuries were male, which is the same percentage composition as in the previous year.
It was reported that 60.8 percent of occupational injuries are caused by 3 types of accidents, namely stepping on, colliding or hitting objects, including falling objects (5,330 injuries, 109 deaths).
He also stressed that occupational injury and accidents statistics are crucial for providing information for preventive purposes, as well as for other purposes including estimating the consequences of occupational accidents such as loss of working days, loss of income or loss of production.