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Occupational illness, accidents at work claim $2.8tr

Published by The Nation on Thu, 11 Sep 2014


The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has stated that latest report from its research has showed that the direct or indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work is estimated at $2.8 trillion worldwide.ILOs Director-General, Guy Ryder, who stated this while lending his support to the recently organized World Congress on Safety and Health at Work held in Frankfurt, Germany said a world without fatal or serious occupational accidents is possible.He said the direct or indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work is estimated at $2.8 trillion worldwide, noting that the triennial Congress was co-organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA), and was hosted by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV).According to Ryder, about 2.3 million people worldwide die annually as a result of occupational illnesses and accidents at work, adding that there are also 860,000 occupational accidents every day, with consequences in terms of injuries.These figures are unacceptable and yet these daily tragedies often fail to show up on the global radar. Clearly, there is still much to be done. Serious occupational accidents are, firstly, human tragedies but economies and society also pay a high price.The right to a safe and healthy workplace is a basic human righta right to be respected at every level of development and in different economic conditions.]]>
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