Letter to the Editor

Firms should provide protective attire

Dear editor,
I WRITE to appeal to construction companies carrying out road works countrywide to adhere to safety regulations by providing personal protective attire to their staff.I have observed with dismay how these companies have continued exposing our Zambian youths employed in various categories to hazards by not providing them with personal protective equipment in terms of hard hats, goggles, safety shoes, mouth pads, etc.
While this is going on, those in senior positions and/ or owners are working clad in recommended personal protective attire.
Let the Road Development Agency and Zambia Environmental Management Agency make it a must for these construction companies to provide personal protective attire to the Zambians also without fail.
Don’t abuse the Zambians by exposing them to hazardous working environments when they are actually in most times the ones on the ground to do the actual works.
Zambians should not be used just as tools to advance the foreigners’ welfare just because the employment levels are low.
Use the down payments that you are given for the contracts to procure correct clothing, rather than buying luxurious vehicles at their expense.
Government through the Ministry of Works and Supply should also come on board to compel all those they give contracts to procure the attire for all the workers irrespective of gender, race, class etc.

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