On 19 April 2007 Spain will introduce further measures aimed at reducing the number of accidents in the construction sector and at controlling subcontracting. Spain is currently responsible for 20% of all workplace accidents in the EU.
Before a company will be permitted to engage in the construction sector, either as a contractor or a subcontractor, it will have to provide guarantees of solvency and quality and to demonstrate that both senior managers have had appropriate training in the prevention of risk and that it has implemented an appropriate risk-avoidance policy. Subcontracting will also be prohibited beyond three levels.
It remains to be seen whether these additional legislative measures will have the desired effect.