Employers accountable of workplace injuries: Musukubili

WINDHOEK: Government will hold employers accountable for any workplace risks and hazards which destroy the health of workers.

The Director of Labour Services in the Ministry of Labour and Social Services Dr Felix Musukubili said this on Monday during the commemoration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work under the theme ‘Safety and health in the use of chemicals at work’.

He said it is a risk to transport workers in the same open trucks used to transport cement and sand, as far as their safety and health are concerned.

Musukubili said that in collaboration with the Namibian Police Force, they will implement a system which will hold employers accountable for any harm caused to workers.

“We hope this strategy will stop the ongoing behaviour of transporting workers in trucks meant for transporting sand and cement,” he said.

The Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Alpheus Muheua, in a speech read on his behalf by Labour Commissioner Bro Mathew Shingwandja during the same event, said the transportation and accommodation of workers are some of the pressing and worrisome issues which need to be addressed very urgently.

Muheua said his ministry will not condone nor tolerate demeaning practices towards workers as far as their transport and accommodation are concerned.

“We will tirelessly work hand-in-hand with other stakeholders to ensure that the safety and dignity of workers are preserved,” he said.