HUNDREDS of KwaZulu-Natal hospitality sector employers inspected last week were found to be compromising their workers’ health and safety, the Labour Department said yesterday.
Spokeswoman Zolisa Sigabi said that in the 871 workplaces visited, almost half of the contraventions related to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Defaulters were given 60 days to comply or face prosecution.
“In some cases, employers failed to produce certificates of compliance for electrical installations, others had no first aid programmes, while some had poor housekeeping with dirty, slippery or oily floors,” she said.
She said 176 employers were violating basic conditions of employment, including underpaying staff.