The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) has advised labour employers and other major players to make safety a priority in work places.
The Head Communication and Advocacy of NRCS, Mr Nwakpa Nwakpa, said this in Abuja on Sunday to commemorate the 2019 World Day For Safety and Health.
According to him, “In Nigeria the safety of workers are not taken seriously in some organisations; safety measures are not put in place and the staff are not knowledgeable on First Aid.
“Offices are also not equipped with First Aid boxes, fire extinguishers may be installed but expired, and workers are not aware of what to do when accidents occur.
“The World Safety at Work however signifies things that should be put in place, precautions that should be taken, instruments that should be installed at work places.
“Also, training that should be given to workers and an enabling environment that would make the work environment free of any hazard or danger.’’
Nwakpa said that the death toll resulting from occupational accidents could easily be avoided if everyone concerned made certain that the environment for workers remained healthy and safe.
The World Day For Safety and Health at Work, which is commemorated on April 28, has this year’s theme as “Safety and Health and the Future of Work”.