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Small companies violate workplace safety most often

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn terms of workplace safety, the worst situation is observed in small, newly-established enterprises, the State Labour Inspectorate concluded having carried out preventive checks at fishing, fish processing and canning, as well as confectionery and mill companies.

Overall, 155 companies were inspected in April, 2011, detecting 762 workplace safety violations and imposing 8 administrative penalties, 3 warnings, as well as 5 fines, totalling 2 650 lats.

Administrative penalties were imposed for hiding accidents, employing unregistered persons, not instructing and carrying out mandatory health examination of employees, as well as for not assessing workplace risks. Two warnings were issued on the suspension of object operations – the equipment did not have enclosed moving parts, thus endangering the safety of workers.

Comparing the work safety situation at fishery, fish processing and canning businesses to confectionery and flour production companies, it was concluded work safety requirements are met less in the fishing industry. This is also tied to the fact preventive checks in this sector were carried out for the first time.

In terms of work safety, the worst situation was observed in small businesses that have been set up recently. Often, their standpoint towards work safety issues is formal, with corporate executives failing to understand the need to conduct workplace risk assessments and implement work safety measures.

The State Labour Inspectorate indicates not assessing work environment risks, not instructing the staff, not using individual protective equipment and not complying with other work safety requirements is the main cause of fatal accidents at workplaces.

The number of accidents is 2-4 times larger in the fishing industry than on average in all other EU industrial sectors. Accidents are mainly related to falling overboard, falling after getting entangled in fishing nets, as well as being hit by moving objects (eg, gears) during the retraction of fishing nets.

While accidents at food companies in Latvia rank the third among all accidents in manufacturing. These are mainly linked to injuries from sharp work equipment, physical strain (forced labour positions, lifting and handling weights, etc.) as well as slipping on wet floors.


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