Under the auspices of the International Labour Organization (ILO), this year’s World Day for SAFETY and Health at Work has been observed under the theme; anticipate, prepare and respond to crises: invest now in resilient occupational safety and health systems.
The annual event is geared towards ensuring a safe human resource at work.
It is also used as a memorial day for the injured and dead at work. As part of activities to commemorate the day, which falls on 28th April, the coordinator for National Safety Campaign (NASACA), Christopher Opare Biney has detailed the necessity for all-round SAFETY in society.
He notes, both the employer and employee have a stake in ensuring SAFETY at the workplace. The “don’t wait till it occurs” group (NASACA) has always championed the course for societal safety and ever preached saying, the safety of a people is the wealth of same.
In that spirit, Mr. Biney has asked job owners to harbour the essence for continued safety and security of their workers and the investment itself, for, that is the sure way to economic stability.
In a recent research finding, NASACA reveals with worries that between 3,084 and 3,102 persons risk losing their lives on Ghana’s road network if care is not taken.
This has remained a concern as the whole country always share tears over this canker. Per this year’s World Day for SAFETY and Health at Work, NASACA has introduced yet another term “Work Way Safety” with which they wrote, let’s join forces to prevent death, injury and property loss in our work way.
The police MTTD, National Road Safety Authority together, with other stakeholder organizations has led a vigorous campaign on road safety, but it seems the more public education, the more death that is recorded on the road.
Elaborating their new term Work Way Safety, the safety advocate and president of NASACA, Daniel Asuku said safety at work starts from when one sets off from home for the workplace till they safely return back home.
Hence the need to be “safety safe” all through.
He was worried that at the mention of safety, all that society thinks about are issues on the road.
Meanwhile, more than 2,000 persons die each year through road accidents regardless of the more road safety campaign by several agencies.
“The subject SAFETY goes beyond what is known in our part of the world, and until we are ready to brace up with the realities of the subject matter, we’ll keep suffering ordeals. We love to wish all investors and workers a safe and healthy working lifestyle for a better economic agenda”, he summed up.