Bid to reduce Belgian workplace deaths

27th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 February 2004, BRUSSELS – The Belgian government has unveiled a new plan that it hopes will reduce the worrying high number of people killed in workplace accidents here.

27 February 2004

BRUSSELS – The Belgian government has unveiled a new plan that it hopes will reduce the worrying high number of people killed in workplace accidents here.

In 2003 121 people died in work related accidents in the country while a further 11,710 were seriously injured or scarred for life.

In a bid to tackle the problem, Belgium's secretary of state for health and safety at work, Kathleen Van Brempt, on Thursday announced a major overhaul of the country's workplace safety rules.

Under the planned new changes, companies would still be held responsible even if a person working for one of their sub-contractors were injured or killed at work.

Van Brempt also said she would be hiring 14 extra health and safety inspectors who will have the right to make spot-checks on Belgian workplaces.

In addition the government will begin drawing up detailed statistics on workplace accidents in a bid to find out which sectors have particular problems when it comes to health and safety.

The new rules should be put into place progressively between 2005 and 2006.

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