MaltaToday | 27 August 2008

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NEWS | Wednesday, 27 August 2008

‘Human cost of accidents at work too high’ – AD

Referring to the latest NSO figures, Alternattiva Demokratika, the Green Party, expressed concern at the statistical increase in accidents at work, saying the human cost of such accidents is too high.
Michael Briguglio, spokesperson for Social and Economic Development, said: “The human cost of accidents at work is immense. Legislation is not enough to prevent such accidents, unless there is proper enforcement. Currently there are too few enforcement officers who have to cope with a multitude of work places, including thousands of construction works. This is resulting in hazards not only for workers, but also to residents.
“The increase in precarious work, with bad conditions, and the fact that a number of employers do not allow their employees to join trade-unions, is definitely not helping things as regards such workers’ rights.”
AD said it will be proposing further investment in occupational health and safety amongst its proposals for the upcoming budget.

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