Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Global workplace deaths vastly under-reported

Some big numbers for workplace fatalities ...

"The International Labout Organisation (ILO) has said that nearly 2.2 million people die of work-related accidents and diseases each year, adding that this number may be vastly under estimated due to poor reporting and coverage systems in many countries.

While the number of work-related illnesses and deaths has lessened somewhat in the industrialized countries, the ILO report said the number of accidents – in particular fatal accidents – appear to be increasing, particularly in some Asian countries due to poor reporting, rapid development and strong competitive pressures of globalization.

“Occupational safety and health is vital to the dignity of work”, said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. “Still, every day, on average, some 5,000 or more women and men around the world lose their lives because of work-related accidents and illness. Decent Work must be safe work, and we are a long way from achieving that goal."   continued ...   (Via OneWorld South Asia)

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