SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct. 15 (EUROPA PRESS) –
UGT Canarias has reported an increase in workplace accidents by 10.38% compared to the same period in 2022. According to official data, between January and August of this year, 9 accidents resulting in death and 118 serious or very serious ones have been recorded. The services sector being the one with the highest number of incidents.
In these last two months, several workers have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession. This is why UGT Canarias plans to articulate a shock plan against workplace accidents; a strategy that must address occupational risks in all its aspects, without neglecting mental health.
“The death of an operator at the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria dock, another in Telde and two workers in Tenerife highlight the need to urgently address this problem. It is necessary to review the protocols and carry out more detailed monitoring of compliance with the regulations,” says Victoria Francisco González, Secretary of Occupational Health and Social Policies of UGT Canarias.
Likewise, the union expresses the need to reinforce with all possible means the execution of the Canary Islands Strategy for Safety and Health at Work 2023-2027, and, in addition, they insist that more human and material resources must be provided to the organization. Labor Inspection, to control compliance with the rules, and the Occupational Health Prosecutor’s Office, to investigate and determine responsibilities. “We cannot allow these deaths to go unpunished,” says the union secretary.