Fewer than half of registered workplace illegalities have been reported to the Occupational Health and Safety Authority so far this year, official figures show.
Less than 650 of the 1,420 workplace illegalities compiled by the National Statistics Office were also sent to the OHSA.
The information on workplaces which violated safety regulations was tabled in Parliament by Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli, following a request by MP Etienne Grech.
Dr Dalli explained the laws on workplace safety only required specific irregularities to be reported to the OHSA, with the rest being brought to the attention of other entities.
Shining a light on the serious nature of work place incidents, Dr Dalli said that while many of these often resulted in injury, there had already been seven workplace deaths this year.
Back in September the OHSA had urged the public to contact the authority on discovering workplace irregularities, rather than rush to upload it on social media.
For some people, the authority claimed, making a hit on Facebook was more important than avoiding tragedies.
The OHSA statement had been issued after Times of Malta had published photos of workers ignoring safety precautions on a construction site. The reader who sent them said he had phoned the authority but nothing appeared to have been done.
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