In the context of enforcement the Labor Inspection conducted 38 inspections in the construction sector in the Caribbean Netherlands, during the period from January 2015 through July 2016.
At 30 inspections the Labor Inspection issued a written warning 29 times and once it drew up an official report. At 8 other inspections no violations were detected. There safety was in order.
There were 65 violations in the area of safe and healthy work in different construction sites. 28 of the 65 violations were related to falling from heights.
A report of the action and the results can be found in a special factsheet of the Labor Inspection at the end of this post.
The Labor Inspection also notes that there is still little awareness with respect to hard physical work and the occurrence of physical symptoms as a result. The supervising physician of Unit of Social Affairs and Labor has indicated that 80% of the disease cases related to the musculoskeletal system such as knee, shoulder, and back and wrist complaints. Since the BES Occupational Safety Act does include provisions on physical burden, the Labor Inspection could not perform enforcement activities regarding this risk.
The Labor Inspection considers it important that people can work in a safe and healthy workplace, which after all is in everyone’s interest. The Labor Inspection will therefore continue to work for a safe and healthy workplace.
Press release RCN