MORE BAHRAINIS THAN EXPATS HURT AT WORKSITES IN 2019.

MORE Bahrainis sustained worksite injuries last year compared to expatriates, revealed latest government statistics.

A total of 432 Bahrainis working in the public and private sectors were victims of work-related injuries in the third quarter of last year, compared with 357 expatriates.

This compared with 613 cases recorded among Bahrainis and 424 cases among expatriates working in both sectors in 2018.

The highest number of worksite injuries among Bahrainis was recorded in 2015 at 910 cases, while the highest among expatriates was 554 cases in 2016.

The statistics compiled by the Social Insurance Organisation (SIO) also showed that majority of those injured during the third quarter of last year worked in the private sector – 300 Bahrainis, including 38 women, and 338 expatriates, including 35 women.

The leading cause of injuries among Bahrainis working in the private sector was categorised under “slip or fall”, with 63 recorded cases compared with 47 cases among expatriates.

This is lower compared with the second quarter of last year in the same category in which 51 cases were recorded among Bahrainis and 35 among expats.

Other injuries included collision with moving machinery, injured by falling objects, and sustaining cuts from tools.

“Seventy-eight per cent of the total work injuries in the public sector were worksite accidents, 21pc road accidents and 1pc due to fatigue, stress and occupational disease,” said the SIO report.

Meanwhile, the SIO report also showed that the total number of pensioners in both sectors reached 80,052 at the end of the third quarter of last year, with the average monthly pension registered at BD734.

The number of Bahrainis in GCC countries registered with the SIO reached 1,108 in the UAE followed by Saudi Arabia (1,690), Kuwait (322), Oman (138) and Qatar (510).

Data further showed a constant decline in the number of expats registered under the government agency.

The number of expats in the private sector contributing to the SIO in 2016 was 516,474, which reduced to 503,210 in 2017 and went further down by 1pc in 2018 to 497,366.

In the third quarter of 2019 the figure dropped by 4pc and documented in the SIO report at 477,034, including 39,655 females.

According to the report, expats in the private sector who received less than BD200 represented 73pc of the SIO contribution or 346,804 individuals in the third quarter of last year, while expats aged 60 and above accounted for 2pc or 7,677 individuals.

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