By Staff writer
Majority of the 69,000 recorded injuries were related to negligence, language barriers, according to a civil defence official
Workplace injuries increased 25 percent in Saudi Arabia last year, with the majority caused by negligence, according to a report by Arabic daily Makkah.
A total of 69,000 people were injured in 2015, compared to 52,000 a year earlier, Makkah Civil Defense Licensing and Regulations Director Abdulrahman Assiri was quoted as saying.
“Most of the injuries resulted from negligence about safety and security regulations,” Assiri was quoting as saying.
Cultural and language barriers also caused some incidents.
“Sometimes workers or employees come from a different culture or speak a different language [so] they fail to read warning signs or misinterpret some instructions,” Assiri was quoted as saying.
“Most of the injuries were reported during the summer season due to harsh weather.”
While there were no details about the nature of any injuries, outdoor workers commonly report dehydration and other heat-related concerns during the summer, when temperatures can rise to as high as 50 degrees Celsius.
Assiri insisted the kingdom was working to strengthen enforcement of regulations and would punish companies found to be acting negligently.