David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

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David Martin MEP supports new EU strategy to cut number of workplace deaths, injuries and illnesses

Scottish MEP David Martin today (25 November) voted to back a new EU strategy to provide increased levels of workplace protection for Scottish workers.

David Martin, and his fellow UK Labour MEPs are seeking to cut the number of work-related deaths and incidences of illness injury.

They are calling for the new strategy to tackle diseases and cancers caused by asbestos and other carcinogens by implementing appropriate screening measures as well as proper measures for those working with chronic or terminal illnesses.

Labour MEPs have also called for a targeted approach to precarious employment - like zero-hours contracts - and the negative effects that this has on occupational health and safety.

Speaking after the vote Mr Martin said: "In Scotland in 2014/15, there were 20 fatal injuries to workers, while over the past three years, there were on average 1900 non-fatal injuries, and 3500 cases of ill health per 100,000 workers.

"Despite these shocking statistics, there were only 104 prosecutions of negligent employers. Without enforcement there is no protection. We must continue to maintain and strengthen workplace rights.”

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