FOURTY nine people died in workplace incidents while more than 3,600 others were injured between January and August this year, the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has revealed.
Most of the fatalities and injuries were recorded in the transport and mining sectors, NSSA spokesman Philemon Shereni said.
The number of occupational injuries this year, at 3,641, was also marginally higher than the 3,258 recorded over the same period in 2012.
"Occupational deaths up to end of August are 49 while (over) the same period in 2012 were 63," Shereni said.
He said the increase in the number of workplace accidents showed that employers were not observing stipulated safety standards and regulations adding NSSA has since increased the frequency of factory inspections to ensure compliance.
"The National Occupational Safety and Health policy is being reviewed to make it more detailed and explicit on the management of occupational safety and health," he said.
The government has also approved the harmonisation of the Occupational Safety and Health Reform Bill which will create one occupational safety and health law.
"This will help enforcement where industrialists and inventors deal with one concise law on occupational safety and health instead of the current 12 pieces of law all claiming to control occupational safety and health," he said.
Labour analysts say occupational hazards have become the norm in the workplace and its time employers improve the working conditions of their workers.
According to NSSA 5,000 workplace accidents were recorded with 103 deaths last year, an increase from 4,111 serious injuries and 75 fatalities in the previous year.
The authority said last year saw the biggest number of fatalities since the dollarisation of the economy in 2009.