Some 2,453 workers were killed and 1,841 critically injured last year in Bangladesh as result of different occupational accidents, workplace violence, road accident, natural disaster /extreme bad weathers conditions and violation of different other labor rights. Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) revealed recently.
Of the total, highest number of causalities was in the transport sector (1,217) followed by ready-made garments sector (743), day labor (356), fishery and agriculture sector (300) and construction sector (248).
Statistical analysis showed that, out of total recorded figure – 891 workers were killed and 874 critically injured at workplaces with different occupational accidents caused by fire, explosion, fall from height, electrocution, stampede, unsafe handling and storage of toxic chemicals/chemical products, underground work etc. Meantime, 464 workers were killed and 155 injured in incidents while traveling to and from the workplaces.
The monitoring result also showed that, 302 workers were killed and 521 injured in relation to different labor rights violations (i.e. police action, physical assault by employers/management, workplace violence, killed by miscreants etc). (WCxKit)
Low enforcement of existing labor law (BLA-2006) at workplaces level, weak labor inspections, lack of awareness, sensitization and health and safety training among workers, absence of OSH committee at workplaces level, lack of decent wage, were the key causes for growing occupational accidents, workers rights violations and labor unrests in the country.
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