The occupational accidents and illness prevention legal system in Argentina
By María Eugenia Paoppi and Gustavo Traversoni, Traversoni & Bengolea Abogados
Since its launch in Argentina in 1996, the occupational accident legal system has significantly reduced the accident rate to such an extent that fatal accidents in the workplace have fallen by 69% and workers who suffer serious accidents can now be reintegrated into the labour market without major problems.
This prevention method aims to eliminate or control risk agents in the workplace and to ensure an early detection of alterations or damage to workers’ health caused by exposure to hazardous agents.
To do so, Labour Risk Insurance Companies (ARTs), employers and employees were made aware of the obligation to comply with the legally established regulations to effectively prevent occupational hazards and to reduce the accident rate.
ARTs determine a plan of action for companies rated as critical in terms of their degree of compliance with regulations on health and safety at work and loss ratio.
This action plan periodically assesses existing risks and their evolution, conducts regular visits for monitoring compliance with prevention regulations, defines corrective measures to be implemented by companies and provides training workers and employers.
Upon the occurrence of an occupational accident or disease, the system itself sets forth that the ARTs must provide a worker with all medical care services required for the case and until they have completely recovered, and pay cash benefits to compensate the eventual damage suffered by the worker.
In this way, the protection of workers in their workplace is achieved, safeguarding the physical integrity of workers in accordance with Argentinian law.
María Eugenia PaoppiTraversoni & Bengolea Abogados, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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María Eugenia Paoppi graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in April 2003. Her practice areas are: corporate, insurance and labour law.
Gustavo TraversoniTraversoni & Bengolea Abogados, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Gustavo Traversoni is a founding and managing partner of T&B. He has strong experience in International and business law. He represents and advices several local and international clients in Argentina and within Latin-America.
Traversoni & Bengolea Abogados (T&B) is a Law Firm with national presence through associated law firms in Argentina. They pride themselves on their client interaction and management.
Published: October 2016 l Photo: Colourbox.de