Accidents at Work Related to Employees’ Inebriety: Concept, Prevention and Legal Liability

Aušra Tartilaitė

Abstract


Accidents at work related to inebriety are a relevant problem in Lithuania. The statistics of the State Labour Inspectorate is very threatening: every fourth person killed at work and every second person killed in building and construction works was inebriated. Previous studies have proved that due to inebriety the possibility to injure oneself increased 10-15 times. In the present article the legal acts regulating the means of the prevention of risks related to inebriety at work are reviewed; the concept of the inebriated employee is analyzed; the problem of insufficient attention to this concept in legal acts is discussed. Legal acts do not include any provisions regarding the situation when an employee’s inebriety is lower than 0.41 per mille. Thus, it is suggested to define such cases in collective agreements. The prevention means established in legal acts could be divided into two groups. The first group includes the means applied for preventing the use of alcohol at work; the second group includes the means for suspending an inebriated employee from work.

Keywords


accidents at work; inebriated employee; prevention means; suspension from work; legal consequences

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236