ETUC underlines the need for action on workplace deaths


An analysis for the ETUC by the European Trade Union Institute reveals that deaths at work will continue to blight Europe for almost a decade longer than previously forecast after a rise in fatal accidents in almost half of member states. The latest figures for 2019 and 2020 show that deaths at work rose in 12 countries, most notably in Italy (+285), Spain (+45) and Portugal (+27). The ETUC is calling on the EU and national governments to stop workplace deaths by backing its Zero Death at Work manifesto which calls on the European Union, member state governments and employers to commit to and take the actions needed, to achieve zero death at work; for an increase in workplace health and safety training, protection, reporting, inspections and penalties; and for new legislative and other initiatives in the next mandate of the European Commission and Parliament from 2024.

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