Marcelo Campos reports for El Dia:
According to American expert
Bolivia, 2nd most dangerous country in construction works
Construction. Falls are the leading cause of death worldwide.
The American specialist in fall protection, Jean Pierre Martin, said that Bolivia is the second country after Venezuela in not having rules to protect the lives of workers. The Chamber of Construction of Santa Cruz (Cadecocruz) reported that they are working with the government to train workers and to ensure that safety standards are mandatory in their use.
Among the most unsafe countries. “Generally in Latin America, Construction Safety is very primitive. Venezuela is ahead, followed by Bolivia, on the contrary while Colombia has one of the strictest rules in the world, eg for work above 1.5 meters high, training of 40 hours, after Mexico and Chile are safety needs,” said Pierre.
Meanwhile, Pablo Caballero, Bolivia’s 3M technical manager, said that on average each month at least two deaths are recorded in construction, this being the second cause after traffic accidents. He also reported that, as a member of the Committee on Protection Standard Height of Ibnorca, they are developing Bolivian standard fall protection, to have safety standards in this field. “We need people to be trained, having equipment and protective systems. It’s a problem of logistics and education,” Caballero said that it estimates the standard should take into effect by 2015.
Meanwhile, Javier Arze, Cadecocruz general manager, said the institution is following the growth of the construction sector, so are working to train workers and thus have skilled labor. He also said that one of his tasks is to raise awareness on the state to security standards are obligatory. “During all growth there are flaws, 10 years ago there were few buildings and now there are buildings throughout the city. We’re inducing firms to invest in technologies that provide security for workers,” said Arze.
They perform a forum on safety and occupational health
Forum. Tomorrow September 12, 2014, the International Forum on Industrial Safety and Occupational Health will be held at the Hotel Buganvillas. The event is organized by the multinational 3M, aims to provide information about the various sectors. International experts will participate.