The rate of accidents and fatal casualties at work has decreased in Ukraine, first deputy chair of the State service of mining control and industrial safety Viktor Shaitai told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.

"The rate of accidents, including fatal casualties, decreases, but it is still high comparing to other countries," the official said.

According to him, analysis of industrial safety in Ukraine shows that the number of accidents at work has decreased by 19% for the first three months of 2013, comparing to the same period of last year.
"In 2013 there have been 2056 victims of accidents at work, while in 2012 the number of cases made 2526. The rate of fatal accidents at work has decreased by 23% against last year.  Thus, in 2013 there have been 111 victims of fatal accidents, while in 2012 the number of cases made 144 people," Shaitai specified.

He also noted that the main reasons of high rate of fatal accidents include poor organization of the working process. Thus, according to him, the organizational problems caused deaths of 68% of workers in 2010, 70% in 2011 and 71% of 2012 out of all fatal accidents. 

"It proves that the systems on safety at work do not function properly, and the middle ranking, including supervisors, engineers, taskmaster, is the weakest link," Shaitai summed up.


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