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951 killed at workplaces last year

Update : 01 Jan 2016, 08:05 PM

At least 951 workers were killed and 907 others injured at their workplaces across the country last year as safety at workplaces were not sufficient for them. 

It was revealed by a survey conducted by the Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE), a non-governmental organisation.

The survey was conducted based on monitoring 15 daily newspapers from January 1 to December 31, 2015. The survey, however, did not include deaths of workers outside workplaces or road accidents on the way to or return from workplaces.

Of them, 276 workers were from formal sector and 675 from informal sector.

Highest number of accidents took place in readymade garment factory, construction sector, ship-breaking industry and cement factory, said the survey.

The survey report was disclosed at a press conference titled “State of Workplace Safety in Bangladesh” held at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.

Dr SM Morshed, vice-chairperson of the OSHE Foundation, presented the survey findings. Program Officer of the OSHE Taherul Islam and Arifa S Alom were also present on the occasion. 

The survey said 347 transport workers lost lives and 155 received serious injuries in road accidents. A total of 47 domestic workers were killed and 68 agriculture workers lost lives due to lighting strikes.

The report recommended enforcing of labour laws, transparent and regular inspection system, establishment of occupational safety unit in the Ministry of Labour and Employment for execution of Occupational Health and Safety Policy.

At the press conference,  Dr SM Morshed gave emphasis on taking initiatives  in the partnership between employes and owners to reduce accidents at workplaces. 

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