She was speaking during celebrations to mark the national occupational health and safety day held in Mbeya. She said that employees and employers are both responsible for ensuring occupational health and safety.
Mhagama insisted on employers to protect workers against accidents and educate them on how to avoid disasters including fire outbreak.
“It is important to protect our workers as we celebrated the occupational health and safety day which is themed; ‘occupational health and safety crucial for protecting workers towards an industrialized economy”.
The celebrations which involved exhibitions were coordinated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). She commended some of the employees who have started educating their employees on occupational safety.
OSHA Acting Executive Officer, Khadija Mwenda said they have so far conducted occupational health and safety trainings to workers at different regions including Mbeya and Songwe. She said the trainings also involve employers who are reminded of their responsibility to ensure workers safety through the year.
“Our trainings does not only target workers, we also provide similar trainings to entrepreneurs”, said Mwenda.
WCF Director General, Masha Mshomba said that stern legal measures which were taken against some employers, have contributed into increased contributions. He said most of the employees are contributing to the fund as per the laws.
Mshomba noted that WCF has so far paid more than 2bn/- to injured workers in the 2017/2018 financial year, and that more than 3bn/- will be paid in this fiscal year.