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353 people killed in workplace accidents in 10 months

  • Published at 02:53 pm December 8th, 2020
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According to the data, the highest number of labourers (135) were killed in transport sector, followed by the construction sector (93)

At least 353 people have been killed in around 300 workplace accidents from January to October this year, even though most businesses were closed for three months during the lockdown to contain transmission of Covid-19.

The data on the accidents was collected from 15 national dailies and 11 divisional dailies by the Safety and Rights Society, an organization that works on safety and rights issues such as compensation for workplace accident victims.

According to the data, the highest number of labourers (135) were killed in transport sector, followed by the construction sector (93).

At least 74 workers died at workplaces such as hotels, workshops and power supply organizations, while 35 were killed in the manufacturing sector - garments, plastic factories, ship breaking yards, steel/re-rolling mills, etc. 

In addition, 16 workers were killed in the agriculture sector.

Road accidents, while on duty or on the commute to work, are still the leading cause of death. A total 80 workers died of electrocution, 33 workers died from falls, and 26 workers died after being crushed under falling machinery and heavy or hard objects. Fire caused the death of 15 workers and 13 workers were killed in earth, wall or roof collapses. 

A total 11 agriculture workers died in lightning strikes while 10 workers were killed by poisonous gas in septic or water tanks. Furthermore, 10 workers were killed in boiler, cylinder or chemical explosions, 9 workers from drowning and the remaining two workers died of causes not specified in the news reports.

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