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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2019. 5:22 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) says that it hopes to have a satisfactory draft for the Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) Bill, before the end of 2019.

The BCCI issued a statement this week clarifying that the organization has never been in opposition to the OSH Bill, and has been on the frontline working with stakeholders on the Bill since it was tabled
back in 2014. The BCCI stressed that it did have concerns with the

initial draft and engaged the National Trade Union Congress of Belize (NTUCB) to address those concerns and refine the Bill noting that the most recent meeting with the NTUCB regarding the bill was on July 2, 2019.

“… among other things, both parties agreed to formulate a six-member working committee tasked with reviewing the Bill so as to obtain a
satisfactory final draft by November 2019,” the BCCI said.

The Chamber also lamented the unfortunate incident that occurred at the Belize City Center, where several workers fell from a scaffolding and two of them lost their lives. The men were some 40 feet off the ground when the scaffolding gave way and they fell to hit the concrete. None of the workers were wearing safety gear at the time of the incident.

 

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