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Accidents at work most often injure people with work experience of less than three years

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULast year, people with work experience of less than three years had been injured in serious and lethal accidents at work the most often. In one third of all cases, those people were part-time workers, according to the Labour Inspectorate’s data for 2015.

The situation can be improved if the level of individual responsibility for health and safety of ever y worker grows alongside employers’ honest attitude towards providing personal safety measures, believes board member of GRIF labour protection products distributor Aleksandr Grigoryev.

«Accidents among new workers are often the result of completely absurd reasons, including shyness and reluctance to look ridiculous,» – says Grigoryev. Over the course of the past 25 years, experts of the company have noticed that labour protection means are often left unused because of habits – people hope misfortune will pass them by.

Securing labour protection means is the responsibility of the employer. Unfortunately, even equipment specifically made for certain professions is not often supplied in full amount or is not selected in accordance with specific duties of the person using them. In such cases, employees can turn to their employers and request properly adjusted equipment. Unfortunately, employees are often too shy to ask for anything, because they fear to lose their job.

«In addition, school graduates often wish to show their loyalty to their employer by not following safety regulations,» – says Grigoryev.

He recommends carefully assessing duties and risks involved before taking on any job, as well as using proper safety equipment. «As a company with 25 years of experience in this field, we have witnessed the development of labour security measures – solutions and technologies have made a giant leap forward: protective clothing is now multi-functional, work shoes are lighter and next-generation industrial gloves are more comfortable. Everything is being done to make sure modern protection measures help make work safer, easier and more convenient,» – adds Grigoryev.

As it is known, 28 April is celebrated as World Day on Safety and Health at Work.

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