Accidents in Construction industry second to those in mining sector

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construction works on the laboratory at Simulumbe Research Centre

National Association for Small and Medium Scale Contractors General Secretary Danny Simumba says accidents in the construction sector have now become second from mine accidents.

Simumba said this when his association signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Workers Compensation Fund Control Board in Ndola.

“The construction sector has seen a lot of accidents. The accidents in the construction sector are now second from mine accidents. Many of the small and medium enterprises in the sector are victims to these accidents. We need to come up with serious measures that will reduce these accidents,” Simumba said.

“Workers in this sector need to operate in a safe environment. We have seen construction projects everywhere so the workers in this sector need to be protected. Accidents should be avoided. Yes the constructions in the country are welcome and we are happy, but we need to protect the workers.”

Simumba said his association was looking forward to work with workers Compensation for the interest of the workers.
He said the safety of workers should come first before anything.

And the Workers’ Compensation Fund Control Board Commissioner Elizabeth Nkumbula says there is need to mitigate occupational accidents and diseases.

And Dr Nkumbula said the board was confident that the association will appreciate the gratis safety and health education.

“We are optimistic that through this MoU, the board will be able to offer an opportunity to members of the association to access the various benefits under the scheme. We are confident that the association will appreacite the gratis safety and health education provided to employers by the board which are meant to mitigate occupational accidents and diseases,” Dr Nkumbula said.

“So the board will also provide guidance to the association on all the matters relating to interpretation of workers Compensation Act number 10 of 1999 and provision of occupational health and safety inspections.”

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