Speaking at the closing event of the 'Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-2011 on Safe Maintenance', in Bilbao Commissioner László Andor reminded that "regular maintenance is essential to ensure business continuity and keep the working environment safe". Mr Andor stressed the Commission's commitment to improve health and safety at work in the EU.
The 'Healthy Workplaces campaign on Safe Maintenance' was co-ordinated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), based in Bilbao and supported by the Commission and the Council. The two-day conference served to evaluate its results and present its main highlights.
The EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion congratulated EU-OSHA for its efforts and stressed that safe maintenance concerns everyone. "It's about saving lives and preventing awful injuries. It's a campaign to protect everyone, in every country, every industry, at all workplaces", Mr Andor explained.
He added: "Good occupational health and safety goes hand in hand with higher productivity and less absenteeism. Good workplace safety and health is also good for business. Especially under these difficult times, health and safety of workers must remain a priority".
More than 5,500 workers die every year in the EU because of work-related accidents. Almost 3% of workers had a serious accident at work, and no less than 8.6% of workers – 23 million people across the EU – reported a work-related health problem.