– cites failure to correct leaking roof, deplorable toilets and unsafe equipment
Labour inspectors yesterday ordered the closure of a West Ruimveldt woodworking establishment after a raid Tuesday found numerous safety and health infringements.
It was the third inspection at Walvis and Sons Woodworking Establishment with a leaking roof, deplorable toilet facilities and unsafe equipment found.
In addition to doors falling off the toilets and some cases without water, there was a terrible stench, unhealthy for workers.
Confirming the closure of the business yesterday, Chief Labour Officer, Yoganand Persaud, yesterday the owners were warned to correct the situation found on previous visits by inspectors but failed to do so.
The business has 15 workers and they will all have to be paid while measures to correct the situation are being put in place, the CLO disclosed.
“The Ministry of Labour has been stepping up its campaign to ensure workplace safety and we will not be tolerating infringements of the safety and health regulations.”
The inspection, Tuesday, revealed that the conditions at the establishment posed serious danger to the safety and health of workers, the official said.
It was pointed out yesterday that the leaking roof of the business could pose a serious problem for workers if water falls on the equipment with potential for electrocution a very real threat.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, an employer has to provide and maintain a safe, sound, healthy and secure working environment as far as is reasonable practicable.
“This has been the third such inspection carried out at this work place. The recent inspection revealed that the management of Walvis & Sons Woodworking Establishment has made no effort to correct the situation despite numerous warnings by the Ministry of Labour. On previous occasions, the proprietor of the said business was summoned by the CLO to meetings where he promised to remedy the situation.”
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