On the International Workers’ Memorial Day, the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) joins the BWI in honouring the workers who have lost their lives to workplace accidents and diseases. Jobs should not kill! The fight for healthy, safe and decent working conditions must continue.
Despite measures and laws to prevent occupational deaths, injuries, and ill health, we all know too well the reality: more than one hundred thousand building and woodworkers still die each year in entirely preventable “accidents”. We call for explicit attention to precarious workers, such as migrant and posted workers, who are more likely to be confronted with unsafe and exploitative working conditions.
The EFBWW is committed to supporting the recognition of healthy and safe workplaces as a fundamental right by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and will continue its actions at European level to protect construction and woodworkers’ health and safety at the workplace.
In this regard, the asbestos directive, the list of occupational diseases and the zero accidents at work principle are at the top of the EFBWW agenda.
Full statement here