Labor launches a plan to prevent occupational deaths that will surround the most dangerous companies and sectors

Take action before it's too late. In this case, before a work-related death occurs. Vice President Yolanda Díaz presented this Thursday the new Shock Plan against fatal accidents at work, which her Ministry will launch in January and will be deployed throughout next year. The main novelty, explained Díaz, is based on the use of massive data and information from a recent accident report to focus the Labor Inspection's actions on the most dangerous sectors and companies. That is, those with a higher probability of claims according to the data.

His name was Xavi and he died at the age of 19 while working

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In Spain, almost two workers die a day. So far in 2021, until September, 527 people have died in work accidents. After years of decline in these deaths, since 2013 deaths increased and the registered decreases in total accidents have been milder than in the past, so the Ministry of Labor expects that this new roadmap represents a "turning point" to the downside.

The interventions of the Plan will be aimed fundamentally at "priority activities," which are those with the highest incidence rates of fatal work accidents and which also have a greater number of people exposed, according to information from the years 2017 to 2019 from a Research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (INSST).

These most dangerous activities fall into four main blocks: primary sector (fishing and agriculture), construction (especially buildings), industry (mainly waste collection) and road transport.

The director of the Labor Inspection, Carmen Collado, has pointed out that the labor authority will continue to maintain general surveillance of all sectors through ordinary ex officio actions, but this specific action plan will also be launched.

Act where there are already more accidents

This specific risk of companies will be measured thanks to the massive crossing of data using the Anti-Fraud Tool, explained Yolada Díaz. Artificial intelligence, which already collaborates in the detection of abusive temporality among other offenses, it will be at the service of accident prevention. "The time has come to use this tool to guarantee occupational health", highlighted the second vice president.

Carmen Collado explained that the companies in the aforementioned sectors that will finally be subject to actions by the Labor Inspection will be those that are "more likely" to register fatal accidents based on data from recent years. For example, because they register many claims in previous years (not necessarily fatal).

The data crossing will not only take into account the activities with the most accidents, but will also try to focus the shot on the type of actions that most end in occupational deaths. Such as the use of tractors in agriculture or falls from height in construction, among others.

Companies that do not comply with the regulations on the prevention of occupational risks, who risk the lives of their workforce, face the highest fines that exist in labor matters. For very serious offenses they can reach 983,736 euros in the highest degree, after the 20% increase in fines that has been applied since October. In addition to the control and punitive approach, the Ministry highlights preventive action, which instead of punishing the fatal accident prevents it from occurring. For this, awareness campaigns and prevention guides will also be deployed for work centers, Díaz has indicated.


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