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Department slams worsening workplace hazards

by lloyd last modified 2008-09-30 13:25

The iron and steel, construction, agriculture, food, drink and beverage sectors were identified as sectors with the highest risks when it comes to workplace health and safety accidents country-wide.

Released by Department of Labour on 06 May 2008

The iron and steel, construction, agriculture, food, drink and beverage sectors were identified as sectors with the highest risks when it comes to workplace health and safety accidents country-wide.

 

Speaking at the KwaZulu-Natal Worker’s Parliament in Vryheid today, Labour Department’s acting Provincial Executive Manager Edward Khambula told scores of workers that industries from these sectors were the four main contributors to the 47 percent of reported workplace injuries and fatalities received by the inspectorate of the department.

 

He emphasized the workers’ right to raise their health and safety concerns with labour inspectors, adding that labour inspectors relied on the co-operation between employees and employers in the fight to reduce the high rate of workplace accidents and fatalities.

 

Hundreds of delegates from both major trade union federations COSATU, SACOTU were urged to elect health and safety reps and form committees to analyse, monitor and voice their concerns about safety conditions at work with their employers.

 

Workers were urged to be more vigilant and report any unsafe working condition to their nearest labour centre for investigation by the department.

 

Employers were warned of the Departments strategy to conduct focused inspections in the high risk sectors which will continue to intensify throughout the year. Inspectors will not hesitate to recommend prosecution, should an employer be found to blatantly disregard the obligation of providing a healthy and safe working environment to all it’s workers.





 

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