At least 4 000 injuries and 100 deaths are recorded annually from occupational accidents and ill health, National Social Security Authority (NSSA) acting general manager Charles Shava has said.
He said US$15m is lost in compensation, medical and other related bills after the deaths and injuries.
He said this at the NSSA-organized national commemorations on the World Day for Safety and Health at workplaces held at the Civic Centre in Masvingo on Friday.
“In Zimbabwe, we have up to 4 000 injuries every year. We are a small economy, and these figures might sound small but are high. We have plus or minus 100 deaths yearly in Zimbabwe.
“There is a cost to our economy that goes with these statistics. We estimate that after recent research, up to US$ 15 million is lost to our economy because of work-related injuries. This might be in the form of employees who go off sick, those who die, and the cost goes to us as NSSA,” he said.
The commemorations were held under the theme: ‘Safe and Healthy Work Environment; A Fundamental Principle and Right at Work’.
They are held to promote the prevention of occupational accidents, injuries and ill health.
Minister of Public Service, Labour, and Social Welfare Professor Paul Mavima was the guest of honour represented by his deputy minister Lovemore Matuke.
Representatives from the International Labour Organisation, Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Unions, Delta Beverages, Bulawayo City Council, Mimosa Platinum Mine, Hwange Coal and Gasification Company, Doves Funeral Services and others attended the commemorations.

In addition, he said about 160 million workers suffer from some work-related diseases that they will have acquired in the workplace.
“These are staggering figures that we need to work on as Zimbabwe to try and reduce. Every day about 6 000 workers die globally at workplaces. This translates to about 2.2 million a year. Most of these are young people between 18-25 years,” he added.
Matuke said the 2022 national statistics from the accident prevention and workers’ compensation scheme under NSSA recorded 4 800 occupational injuries, and 75 were fatal as compared to 5 641 in 2021, in which 41 were fatal.
He said such figures are not acceptable. They are an indication of poor companies’ safety and health.
“Any act of omission and commission that compromises the safety and health of workers by stakeholders will certainly attract stiff penalties by the state following the provisions of the laws in Zimbabwe. Government is working on the national formalisation strategy aimed at addressing the decent work shortfalls that are bound in the informal sector,” he added.