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National Work Safety Day commemorates the deadliest industrial disaster in Thai history

2019The tragedy of the Kader Toy Factory fire in Nakhon Pathom province, which occurred on 10 May 1993, caused hundreds of deaths and injuries. The incident prompted all sectors to collaborate on enhancing work safety, and the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare has designated May 10 of every year National Work Safety Day. This year, the department aims to reduce work accidents by more than 10 percent.

Mr. Vivathana Thanghong, Director General of the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare, presided over the opening ceremony of the event to mark National Safety Day 2019 to remind workers in all occupations of the importance of work safety and encourage them to learn from past events especially the fire disaster at the Kader doll factory in Nakhon Pathom that killed 188 employees and injured more than 400 others 26 years ago, in order to determine work safety standards.

The Director General said “Safety Thailand” is an essential policy which focuses on strictly enforcing laws along with raising safety awareness among those involved and cooperating with all sectors in accordance with the Pracharat approach. The move has decreased the number of workers killed and crippled, who lost organs or took more than three days off work in 2018 to 2.59 per 1,000 workers, or by 10 percent with a rate of 2.8 in 2017.

The figures in the first six months of 2019 has decreased to 1.19 per 1,000 workers or by 10.27 percent when compared to the same period last year, exceeding the goal of five percent per year. This indicates that physical harm and death at work have decreased significantly after the enforcement of strict safety measures.




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