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No work-related deaths result in prosecution

Last year 331 people died and another 4,216 were wounded in accidents in work-related incidents in Romania, but none of these cases have been brought to trial, shows a public report

June 2009 - From the Print Edition

In the last five years over 2,000 people lost their lives at work in Romania, but those potentially guilty of corporate manslaughter have escaped by paying, at worst, a few fines.
Construction work and mining are the most dangerous jobs, according to the report, which places Bucharest on top of the list with most serious injuries in Romania in 2008 at 784.
Last May an accident ended with the death of three workers constructing the Basarab flyover in west Bucharest.
Romania′s unions have repeatedly asked the Government to change the legislation to give more freedom to prosecutors to investigate work-related accidents. Romania has still not ratified 14 conventions of the International Labour Organisation regarding health and safety at work. In addition, Romania′s authorities are not organising programmes to prevent labour accidents by instructing and educating workers in labour safety.
Last April, all union groups in Romania asked the Government to establish a national fund to compensate the victims of labour accidents to support payments for funerals or surgery.



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