Malaysia’s fatal workplace injury rate surpasses Singapore, Japan

Chong (fifth left) in a photo with attendees of a workshop at NIOSH Kuching office on May 16, 2024.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, May 16: The fatal work injury rate in Malaysia stands at 2.06 fatalities per 100,000 workers employed in 2022, surpassing that of countries like Singapore and Japan.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Chong Chieng Jen pointed out that the Statistics Department’s report identified a total of 317 fatal work injuries for 2022, up from 301 fatalities in 2021.


“This translated to a higher rate of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 workers in 2022, compared to 2.00 in 2021.

“Comparing this figure to countries like Singapore and Japan, the fatal work injury rate per 100,000 workers was 1.3 per 100,000 in year 2022, while Japan recorded 1.42 fatal occupational injuries in the same year,” he said in a media release today.

He highlighted this after officiating a training course for employees from various companies held at NIOSH Kuching office.

Highlighting a significant concern, Chong emphasised that the statistics also revealed a 58.9 per cent increase in non-fatal occupational injuries in Malaysia, from 21,534 cases in 2021 to 34,216 cases in 2022.

This equates to 2.22 injuries per 1,000 workers in 2022, compared to 1.43 injuries per 1,000 workers.

“The global occupational injury statistics underscore the persistent challenges in workplace safety

“Therefore, as NIOSH is tasked to improve the workplace safety, we will strive to do our best to provide a safer environment for workers,” he said. — DayakDaily