One worker dies every day in Portugal

By TPN/Lusa, in Business · 04-04-2013 10:20:00 · 1 Comments
One worker dies every day in Portugal

New research has estimated that, on average, in Portugal one person dies every day due to a work-related accident or professional disease, which also cause other temporary and permanent disabilities.

Published at the beginning of this week by the Authority for Work Conditions (ACT), the research calculates that “one person dies every day from a professional accident or disease”, and that “temporary or permanent disabilities” are also caused, which have “heavy economic and social costs on people and on society in general.”
Worldwide, the ATC elaborated, estimates by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) indicate that “more than two million deaths related to work” occur every year.
The ILO is the international organisation responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. It is the only ‘tripartite’ United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all.
Professional diseases “continue to be, globally, the main cause of work-related deaths”, the ATC stressed.

In a nutshell, professional diseases result from a more or less prolonged exposure to nuisance or a risk from a profession, for example, when repeated exposure to industrial noise causes irreversible occupational deafness.
‘The Prevention of Professional Diseases’ is the theme of this year’s International Worker’s Memorial Day, which is commemorated on 28 April.
The day is also marked in Portugal – and has been every year since it was instituted in 2001 – as National Labour Safety and Prevention Day, with celebrations kicking off in Évora.
“It is a way of paying homage to the victims of work accidents and professional diseases” said Ana Isabel Machado, director of the ACT’s Central Alentejo local branch.
According to Ms. Machado, the importance of raising awareness about preventing professional diseases is shaped in data available from the Department of Protection Against Professional Risks.
“In four years, from 2005 to 2008, around 14,000 cases of professional diseases have been certified, with particular relevance to those caused by physical agents and of the respiratory system”
Therefore, awareness-raising campaigns will make up the largest part of events planned for the national commemoration, which started on Wednesday this week and will take place throughout the month.



Comments:

This is due to the lack of competence and greed of bosses , and lack of security training by companies and government failure to provide legislation , nothing more .
Portugal should reduce the number of politicians and MP's , and made a big productivity drive at government level with much more accountability

by PG from Lisbon on 09-04-2013 01:29:00
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