Last week, the Dutch Labor Inspectorate found a total of 250 violations at 140 different construction sites. In more than half of the cases, the situation was so dangerous that the work was immediately halted.
Many unsafe work situations were observed, especially in North Brabant and Limburg. In and around cities such as Utrecht and Rotterdam, the inspectorate immediately halted work in several places after inspections.
In many cases this happened with installers of solar panels and roofers. “There was a lack of scaffolding, fencing or handrails, for example.” Work may not resume on the construction sites until they can demonstrate that the working situation is safe again.
In almost half of the cases, companies can face a fine for violating the Working Conditions Act. A number of companies got off with a warning. In that case, there was no immediate danger or it was a minor violation.