More companies break health and safety rules

Some 64% of companies visited by social affairs ministry inspectors in 2011 were breaking the rules on health, safety or working times, according to the inspectorate’s annual report.

In 2010, 61% of the firms inspected were ordered to make improvements to their health and safety standards.
The figures are not representative of industry as a whole – only companies considered to have a higher risk of breaking health and safety rules are singled out for inspection, news agency Novum reported.
However, the number of workers found without proper papers fell by 360 to 2030 last year, the report showed. Most were employed in the cleaning, construction and temporary employment sector. Some 40% of people working illegally came from Romania or Bulgaria.
Inspectors handed out fines totalling €34.4m last year, compared with €42.7m in 2010.

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