Over 1,400 killed in workplace accidents in Turkey in first 10 months of 2019

At least 1,477 people have lost their lives in workplace accidents in Turkey in the first 10 months of this year, according to the country’s Workers’ Health and Work Safety Assembly (ISIG).

A total of 155 of the workers were killed in work-related accidents in October, independent news site Diken quoted a new ISIG report, compiled based on information gathered from tens of local and national news outlets and personal and professional accounts, as saying.

The construction, transportation and agriculture sectors saw the highest percentage of fatalities related to occupational accidents.

Fifty-five percent of those who lost their lives in workplace accidents in the month of October were in the agricultural sector with 45 percent of them being seasonal workers, the report found.

Turkey, under the rule of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) has had a devastating record of workplace safety.

The country ranks first in Europe and third in the world in workplace deaths. 

Turkish Law on Workplace Safety and Health was adopted in 2012, but implementation has not had a significant effect on workplace fatalities and injuries.