An Ibarra company worker dies while trapped in a machine at a hydroelectric power station in Galicia

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According to data collected by LAB, the operator of the company Voith Hydro in Ibarra (Gipuzkoa) died on Wednesday stuck in a machine and had to be rescued by firefighters.

The LAB union regrets the death last Wednesday in an industrial accident of an employee of the company, 56 years old and of Portuguese nationality. Voith Hydro de Ibarra (Gipuzkoa) at the hydroelectric power station Ourense city of Rubia (Galicia). According to data collected by the union, the operator died while trapped in a machine and had to be rescued by firefighters.

According to local media, the industrial accident occurred minutes before 12:30 p.m., and staff working in the facilities in the parish of Covas (Rubiá, at a point close to the provincial border of León) were the ones who knew about it. in 112 Galicia.

Apparently, the deceased worker was doing maintenance work on the hydroelectric plant’s equipment when the industrial accident occurred. Everything indicates that the deceased was working on one of the turbines when it could have come into operation.

LAB expressed its “pain and solidarity” in a statement to family, colleagues and close people. Moreover, he emphasized that it is the tenth fatal accident since the beginning of 2024 and the third industrial death due to machinery jamming or hitting.

In this context, he recalled that the machines made available to workers since 1997 “must comply with strict regulations”, but that “today it is still common to find dangerous machines in any company that do not comply with the comply with regulations.”

For this reason, he has emphasized that “it is no coincidence that machines are one of the main causes of accident rates every year” and has denounced employers’ “failure to comply with regulations with impunity, despite the fact that the regulations have been in place for decades.”

LAB has criticized the fact that both Osalan and the Labor Inspectorate have now “been created to be ineffective and enable employers to fail to comply with health measures at work”.

“Occupational health regulations are known in the legal field as the one that suffers most from non-compliance and unless these institutional structures are changed from the ground up, a hard plan is put in place to monitor employers and to punish, everything will happen. remain the same, and the result is that we have to pay for it with our lives,” he noted.

After considering that “only the organized working class will bring about profound change”, LAB has announced that, in order to denounce this situation and demonstrate the solidarity of the working class, it will join the concentration in Ibarra called for by the Voith Commission.


Source: EITB

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