Leaders expressed their concern for their sector due to the safety conditions of those who work in the salmon industry (La Prensa Austral).
In mid-May, the president of the Federation of Port Workers of Punta Arenas, José Villarroel Maldonado, lamented the lack of control that exists in his opinion at the regional level, around the work of aquaculture. This, after knowing the tragedy that cost the lives of three crew of the barge Navsur IV, which already added other deaths.
It is in this context, that in a new visit to La Prensa Austral and accompanied by the secretary of the Federation of Maritime Unions and Seafarers of Puerto Montt, José Lemuy, the local leader sought to be more graphic to represent the concern of his sector for the safety conditions of those who work in the salmon industry.
To do this, he shared the results of a report developed by the NGO Ecoceanos, which states that between March 2013 and May just last, 43 deaths of workers linked to this industry are registered nationwide, of which twelve correspond to Magallanes – not including yet the three victims of Navsur IV-, all these data that Villarroel said, leave Chile with the bad image of being in the ‘top one’ in the world, in accidents with fatal consequences.
“For the same reason, we want this to be made public as in other regions. These data we made known to the seremi del Trabajo, Victoria Cortés, and the ministry has given instructions to inspect more thoroughly, “said the leader.
In this regard, he added that the reason for this dissemination is to make it clear that a large part of the accidents could have been avoided. “The boats that serve salmon farming have only a minimum endowment, to move the ships from one point to another, which is established in the legislation. And there the problem arises, because it is the same one that is used commercially. For example, crew members also carry out loading and unloading tasks, lashing, along with several other activities that in practice also mean that they are removing tasks that correspond to do them by port workers. This has been denounced many times, but now, with this report it is clear the urgency with which the problem should be addressed, “said Villarroel.