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Ensuring safe working practices in Romania’s water sector
Experience shows that safety risks are often greatest during the construction phase of Bank-financed projects, particularly in the infrastructure sector. This is due to the temporary and mobile nature of construction work, pressures to reduce costs, weak enforcement of standards, and minimal independent health and safety inspection and monitoring.
Our safety work in 2014 included a priority effort in Romania, where we are currently co-financing a significant number of water and wastewater modernisation and rehabilitation projects with the European Union. From January to April 2014, with technical cooperation support from the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund, we organised workshops on occupational health and safety risks and safe working practices for excavation works in Cluj-Napoca, Pitești and Galați. Our aim is to build capacity in safety management to protect water utilities, municipalities, contractors and subcontractors.