FATAL work accidents In Spain’s Alicante only drop 5 per cent during the pandemic
Fatal workplace accidents in the province of Alicante during 2020, a year that saw most of the economic activity of the country grind to a halt, only decrease by 5 per cent compared with the previous year, a “shocking” figure according to CCOO and UGT unions.
In 2020, twenty-six people lost their lives in workplace accidents compared with 31 fatalities in 2019. And while the figure for workplace deaths may not have seen much of a decrease, the amount of non-fatal accidents has certainly gone down, from 19,366 in 2019 to 14,677 in 2020. Although no official data has yet been released for 2021, Spanish daily Cadena Ser has reported that a 51-year-old lost his life at the El Campello Waste Plant earlier this week.
Javier Pérez, Secretary of Occupational Health of Comisiones Obreras in L’Alacantí – Les Marines said it was “absolutely shameful” that in a year of reduced economic activity, especially in the hospitality sector, the numbers have hardly moved.
According to Mr Pérez, “there has been a relaxation on the part of the companies at the time of establishing preventive measures” and “the majority still does not believe the Law of Prevention of Labour Risks”. He added that, since the 2013 labour reform, accidents have grown exponentially in Spain year on year.
Mr Pérez pointed out that “a temporary worker is three times more likely to have an accident than a permanent worker” and that most accidents occur due to lack of training or carrying out dangerous practices. The regulations in Spain are very comprehensive, he said, the issue is that “they are not being complied with.”
Elsewhere, a gardener in Cadiz had to be rushed to hospital after partially cutting his own throat with a chainsaw. According to reports, the man was cutting back palm trees in Arcos de la Frontera when the accident coccurred.
Source: Cadena Ser