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Occupational Safety Authority Challenges Companies

The Occupational Safely and Health Authority has sent out a letter to companies involved in construction in Iceland, challenging them to greatly improve safety at work places following the recent deaths of two immigrant workers near Reykjavík.

Director of the authority Eyjólfur Saemundsson said the accidental deaths of two construction workers from Romania who suffocated inside a pipe while working on the Hellisheidi power plant and been the straw that broke the camel’s back, 24 Stundir reports.

Since 2006, 23 people have died in work-related accidents in Iceland. Between 2001 and 2005, ten people died while working. Most of these accidents have occurred in construction work, a field populated by many immigrant workers.

Saemundsson said he hoped that the challenge will encourage representatives of construction companies to improve safety in work places and be more aware of the dangers involved in construction work.

Click here to read more about the deaths on Hellisheidi.

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