Feb 04 2019

Workplaces or war-zones? 155 Turkish workers died in January

At least 155 Turkish labourers lost their lives while at work in January, a slight increase from a year ago, according to an organisation that tracks work-related incidents in Turkey.

10 children, 11 women and 19 refugees were among those killed in work-related incidents, according to the report published on Monday by the Workers’ Health and Work Safety Assembly (ISIG). The fatalities mostly occurred in agriculture, construction, textile, transportation and security sectors. In January 2018, 144 workers lost their lives, according to ISIG. 

The government's decision to end child labour does not reflect the reality, according to the report. In 2018, 76 children died at workplaces and the figures might be higher than the recorded statistics, said ISIG.

Turkey ranks first in Europe and third in the world in workplace fatalities, with mining and construction the riskiest sectors for Turkish workers.

Turkish Law on Workplace Safety and Health was adopted in 2012, but implementation has not had a significant effect on workplace fatalities and injuries. At least 1923 workers died in work-related incidents in 2018, a slight increase from 2017, according to ISIG.

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