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Lithuania and Latvia – leaders in terms of deaths at work in Eurozone

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAccording to data from Eurostat, the number of lethal accidents at work in Latvia is higher than that of the average number of accidents in the EU. For example, there was one lethal accident per 100,000 employed persons in Sweden, UK and Germany in 2014. In Latvia, on the other hand, there were 4.5 lethal accidents per 100,000 employed people. This puts Latvia on the 4th place among all EU member states.

A look at the trend for the past seven years (2008-2014), Latvia is one of the leading countries in terms the number of lethal accidents at work, as BNN was told by the State Labour Inspectorate.

A look at statistical data in Baltic States for 2014 shows that the largest number of lethal accidents per 100,000 employed people took place in Lithuania – 4.7. Latvia’s number of lethal accidents was 4.5. The smallest number of such accidents took place in Estonia, where 2.6 employed people died in accidents that year.

The situation in Latvia did improve slightly in 2015. This is because the State Labour Inspectorate started to pay more attention to preventive measures in labour safety. In 2015, SLI carried out 2,208 preventive inspections to determine if employers honestly provide safe work environments to their employees.

SLI wishes to attract attention of employers and labour safety specialists to the shocking statistics, reminding that a well-ordered labour protection structure is the most important factor in reducing the number of lethal accidents. Unsafe work environment, partial employee training, improper risk assessment, insufficient supervision and control, formal attitude towards safety – these are the factors that can (and often do) lead to serious and lethal accidents. This is why company managers are asked to discuss safety methods with their employees, evaluate the existing work environment in their company, properly train their employees and send employees to regular health check-ups.

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