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Tougher fines for work safety violations

Cabinet approved on Wednesday tougher fines for employers who violate work safety conditions.

According to an announcement from the presidency, the ministers decided to amend the health and safety 2018 law due to the recent increase of work related accidents.

The amendments were scrutinised by members of the labour inspection department, the chamber of commerce and employers’ federation as well as unions such as Sek, Peo and Deok.

The developments come two days after an employee for Cyprus’ electricity authority (EAC) Giorgos Giorgiou, died after a fall. Investigations are ongoing over the circumstances surrounding his death as he was in a lifting cage pruning trees which were in the way of electrical cables when the cage fell to the ground from a height of four metres.

It appears to have been separated from the aerial lift to which it was attached.

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