Within the planned visits, the NCSHW has visited the Kosovo Energy Corporation. In this case, the Board was informed by the management of KEC, respectively UD of the Managing Director, Mr. Nijazi Thaqi with associates for the state and working conditions in the giant energy of Kosovo. Chair of the Council for Safety and Health at Work, Deputy Minister Mr. Çerkin Dukolli, was informed about the regulations and protective measures applied by KEC in the workplace. As a result of adequate actions, the number of injured is minimized. Within this nine-month period it was reported that there was very little injury and only one case of fatality.
Deputy Minister Mr. Dukolli welcomed the report on the minimized outcomes of accidents, encouraging management to continue further in establishing concrete measures of safety and health at work. He added that despite the interests and benefits that Kosovo has from energy corporations, people’s lives are more expensive and more valuable.
Mr. Dukolli was informed that the security system is harmonized with the Law on Occupational Safety and Health, and this KEC system applies in two levels at the corporate and divisions level, Kosovo A and B units, and mines. In order to protect health and safety at work, KEC has a safety committee that meets once a month. Within the framework of preventive measures, workers are constantly sent to systematic visits to ascertain their physical, psychological and emotional state.
Likewise today, the Council visited the Sibovcce southwest mine, the excavator work there and the power plant unit, Kosovo A. Deputy Minister Mr. Dukolli congratulated the workers and the management for the good work they are doing, despite the conditions and the old machinery. He was pleased with the data on the state of health and safety at work.
What is worth mentioning is that in the mine since 2008 in the mining sector there has been no loss of workers ‘lives or injuries to date, thanks to the management commitment, working conditions and workers’ wisdom. At these meetings, the Council discussed with the management, exchanging ideas and proposals for the resolution of the status of the Institute of Obstetric Medicine in Obiliq. They agreed to work on this and come up with a recommendation to the Government, what to do next with the fate of the Institute.
Within the framework of cooperation with civil society, the NCSHW has today invited observers to NGOs dealing with the issue of occupational safety and health, the Kosovo Stability Initiative (KSI) and the Policy Advocacy Center. (PAC).