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TMID Editorial: Life at Work Shortens



It seems less than a week if there are no serious accidents at work.

Dozens of workers have been injured, some of them seriously injured, others dying and leaving behind sad family and colleagues.

This mainly occurs at construction sites. At construction sites, the work performed is inherently dangerous. But as we saw in Marsa’s Wasteserv incinerator last week, it’s happening elsewhere.

Life is getting shorter too often. And many injured workers suffer physical and mental injuries for the rest of their lives. Given the extent of the injury, some people may not be able to continue working.

Over the years, we have seen the impetus by authorities to improve workplace safety. There is a growing awareness of how both employers and employees must pay close attention to protection. It is said that they carry out regular inspections, but as you know, it is impossible for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to monitor dangerous areas 24 hours a day.

I’ve seen fines for irregularities, but this doesn’t seem to act as a deterrent.

Scaffolding continues to sway in strong winds, wooden boards give way, and ladders have proven to be dangerous tools. Workers are seen without a safety helmet, other workers do not wear harnesses when performing the work that requires it, and the machine is not properly maintained.

Images often appear on social media for workers who do not follow the rules. It would be even better if a report was submitted to OHSA so that OHSA could take immediate action.

Some workers also take unnecessary risks and are probably overconfident in what they are doing, seeing them doing it every day. They believe that what happened to others does not happen to them. However, all that is required for an accident to occur is a single slip, a single neglect, or a lack of concentration. And that mistake can have serious consequences.

Limiting the number of these accidents, especially potentially fatal ones, requires coordinated efforts with the participation of all stakeholders.

Workers must recognize that it is in their own interest to take all safety precautions at any time and at any time.

Employers need to protect their workers, regardless of the costs involved. All employees need to be trained and there are courses on how to take care of themselves at work. Those who do not obey must be disciplined for their own benefit.

Health and safety professionals must also play their part, conducting religious inspections without fear or favor, pointing out deficiencies, and prohibiting continued work unless these are corrected.

As part of that, the government must not only continue to strengthen the law, but also provide more resources for OHSA to perform its duties better.

Accidents will continue to occur, but everything must be done to limit them as much as possible.

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https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-05-18/newspaper-leader/TMID-Editorial-Lives-cut-short-at-the-workplace-6736243031 TMID Editorial: Life at Work Shortens

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