Fireworks staff 'at risk due to negligence'

14th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

14 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Professional fireworks display firms give inadequate consideration to the safety of their staff, a Labour Inspectorate investigation indicated on Wednesday.

14 July 2004

AMSTERDAM — Professional fireworks display firms give inadequate consideration to the safety of their staff, a Labour Inspectorate investigation indicated on Wednesday.

The industry said it was prepared to make agreements on better working conditions for staff, but claimed that current regulations are not clear enough, news agency Novum reported.

The industry has promised to examine ways to minimise the potential risks faced by workers.

The Labour Inspectorate conducted investigations at 17 companies in the past few months. It found that many workers suffer from hearing problems but ear protection is rarely used during pyrotechnic displays.

Prior to the release of the official report, Radio 1 reported that the inspectorate has found that companies involved in special firework events are often not fully aware of the dangers workers are exposed to by breathing in hazardous material and gasses when lighting the fireworks.

The compulsory risk inventory was inadequate at half of the companies investigated. The companies have been given an official warning. If they do not improve their act by the end of the year, they risk being fined.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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