Fewer fatal industrial accidents but building workers remain most vulnerable

In total, 31 people are known to have died in accidents at work in the first six months of this year, down from 42 in the 2016 first-half, the Telegraaf said on Tuesday, quoting employment ministry inspectors.

Of them, seven were employed in the construction sector, making building workers the most vulnerable to a fatal industrial accident. Farm workers accounted for the next highest number of deaths, the paper said.

The FNV trade union last year opened a hotline for construction workers to report unsafe practices and more than 100 complaints have so far been made. ‘In particular, there are a lot of problems in the scaffolding sector, and that is leading to unsafe situations,’ FNV union official Willem Dijkhuizen told the Telegraaf.

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