Metro is Denmark's most dangerous workplace
Unions concerned but Metro claims work environment is under control
The company responsible for the Metro's construction leads the way when it comes to having a bad working environment.
With a total of 60 red smileys, the Copenhagen Metro Team is the company that has this year received the most enforcement notices from the working environment service, Arbejdstilsynet, according to a survey of 7,113 workplaces by Ugebrevet A4.
Second on the list is the Metro subcontractor Seil Tunneling Denmark with 34 notices for having a bad working environment, while Trevi Foundation, another subcontractor, was also near the top of the list.
Bad for employees
Labour union 3F is worried that problems keep on arising at the company despite all the reprimands.
"I feel bad for the employees. The risk of getting hurt is too big and there's been a wide range of accidents on the Metro," spokesperson Jesper Weihe told Ugebrevet A4.
"The Metro construction sites still have a long way to go before they become completely safe places to work at."
Arbejdstilsynet estimates that 53 of the notices are serious and must be solved right away. Among them are hearing-impairing noise, complications with the lifts, a lack of instruction, cancer-causing substances and a risk of falls.
However, the Copenhagen Metro Team claimed the number of accidents is low compared to the scale of the construction.
"The work environment is under control. We constantly try to improve our work environment and we react to the notices exactly as Arbejdstilsynet wants us to," said Jens Munch, its head of communications.
Metro construction sites have been the scenes of several accidents since 2009 when work on the Cityring expansion began. On October 1 last year, two workers suffered severe burns after they cleaned the tunnel drills with inflammable acetone and their equipment caught fire.