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02.03.2007 General News

NADMO urges employers to protect workers

By : GNA

Mr George Isaac Amoo, National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) on Thursday asked employers to protect workers against work-related sickness, disease and injury.

This, he said, would ensure productivity since work would be done in decent conditions of freedom, equity and dignity.

Speaking at the International Civil Defence Organisation (ICDO) office to mark the World Civil Defence Day, in Accra, on the theme, "Civil Defence and safety at work place", Mr Amoo reminded all employers to ensure that adequate safety measures were put in place to raise the level of human resource capacity.

"When there are no disasters, the world is at peace since disasters bring pain, injuries, lost of properties or death".

He said experience had shown that in a secure and safe work environment, workers' morale and productivity went up.

In Ghana, the Day was marked with a float amidst brass band music and sharing of educational materials such as leaflets and pamphlets on fire safety at the workplace.

The float, which started from the NADMO headquarters passed through some principal streets in Accra.

Major Nicolas Mensah (rtd), Public Relations Officer of NADMO, cautioned the public to be careful in using electrical appliances and to always switch them after use.

Major Mensah advised the youth to refrain from smoking at workplaces, especially in office buildings and to ensure that adequate fire extinguishers were placed at vantage areas within the workplace environment.

He said the appropriate agencies should be contacted in case of disasters.

In a message read on his behalf, the Secretary-General of ICDO, Mr Nawaf Al-Sleibi, said the world was faced with numerous challenges, which threatened productivity.

He said civil defence organisations should develop national structures through training, auditing and consulting programmes to provide support for the public.

Source: GNA