SPAIN: An “accident alert” programme for companies with high incidence rates

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More than about one hundred Andalusian firms which have experienced at least two serious accidents at work or a fatal accident have joined the “Accident Alert” programme organized by the Andalusian Secretariat for Employment.

Technicians from the occupational risk prevention centres of the autonomous Andalusian government advise these firms and provide them with technical support, mainly to identify and correct deficiencies, but also to supervise the actions that they have undertaken to reduce the number of accidents. Their intervention starts at the latest six months after the occurrence of an accident and normally extends over a period of one year.

Firms take part in this initiative on a voluntary basis. In the coming months, the participation rate could increase, because a list of firms meeting the participation criteria is established each month.

At the same time, the employment authorities will assess the decline in the incidence rate in the participant firms, like what is done in other similar monitoring programmes, such as the inspection plan for firms with the highest incidence rates (PAEMSA). These programmes have been able to reduce the absolute accident statistics by more than 40%, and the incidence rate by more than 50%.

“Accident Alert” is due to the increase in the accident incidence rate recorded in Andalusia in 2016, which went hand-in-hand with an improvement in economic activit

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