12/05/2002

Fatal accident revives debate on safety standards for subcontractors

Low safety standards for workers employed under an outsourcing contract must be
tightened.

In October 2002, an explosion led to the death of two temporary agency workers,
and seriously injured more than 20 other workers, at a Cockerill Sambre iron
and steel plant in Belgium. This accident has revived debate on workplace
safety, particularly in respect of subcontractors and agency workers, who have
a higher than average rate of workplace accidents, despite the existence of
preventive measures. The question is how their safety can be improved. One
possibility is to improve the user company’s in-house preventive resources;
another is to step up monitoring and the necessary preventive conditions in the
subcontracting company.

Further information provides the
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working
Conditions.


See also: target="_blank">Non-permanent employment, quality of work and industrial
relations
(European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working
Conditions - EIRO)


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions - EIRO