There were 1088 workers causalities in workplace accident from January to June 2015
600 workers died in workplace accident (Formal Sector - 170 and Informal Sector - 430) and 488 workers were injured (Formal Sector - 225 and Informal Sector - 263) in different workplace accidents from January to June 2015. Among the casualties 971 were male, 106 were female workers and the rest 11 were unidentified.
Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) has revealed this half yearly workplace accident survey report based on regular monitoring of 15 leading national daily newspapers of the country and reports of its field offices in different parts of the country. The national daily newspapers were the Daily Prothom Alo, Ittafaq, Jaijaidin, Naya Diganta, Kaler Kantho, Somokal, Jugantor, Sangbad, Janakantha, Inqualib, The Daily Star, Daily Independent, Daily New Age, Daily Sun and Dhaka Tribune.
As per the findings of newspapers, in formal sector the highest number of workers’ casualties 114 took place in RMG(sweater, waving, knitting, spinning, dyeing and composing) sector. Among them died 36 and Injured 78 RMG workers; besides 67 were male and 47 were female workers. The second highest number of workers’ casualties took place in construction sector. There were died 12 and injured 29 workers among them mostly were suffered from building/roof collapse (8 died & 27 injured from building/roof collapse). Besides, 23 workers were died and 13 were injured in service sectors (health, security guard, cleaner, hotel worker, sales man, DESA, WASA etc).
Besides 13 transport workers died and 14 were injured by this time. Among them 07 were died in road accident and 14th were injured by miscreants. In formal sector, among others casualties were steel mill or re-rolling mill workers (20), Plastic factory (12), Shoe factory (12), Brick kiln (12), Rice Mill (12), Pharmaceutical factory (10), Automobile (10), lighter factory (10) and cement factory (8) etc.
Moreover, the ship breaking sector brought about 03 death and 15 injuries. In this sector mostly accident happened fall from height, during hit of iron bar, tear of wire/ winch.
In informal sector, the highest number of workers’ casualties (Died - 153 and Injured - 125) took place in transport sector. Among them 103 were died and 13 were injured in road accident whereas 104 were injured and 24 were died by attacks of miscreants or violence. The survey showed that 13 workers were died by hijacker or robber.
While the second highest number of workers’ casualties (Died - 91 and Injured - 30) in construction (Household related/ personally) sector. The survey showed that in construction sector both formal and informal sector accident happened for electrocution, fall from heights, building/roof collapse etc.
Moreover 82 (natural disaster- 56, electrocution- 10 etc) workers death and 27 (natural disaster- 18, electrocution- 6) injuries were seen in agriculture sector.
Among other, day labour (27), Fisheries (26), domestic workers (23), hawkers (12), stone workers (10), gold smith (6), others workers (19), various mechanic (19) were victimized accident either died or injured.
OSHE workplace accident survey report revealed that major causes of causalities happened for road accident, attacked by miscreants, factory fire, falling from height, electrocution, boiler or water pipe explosion and building/roof/wall Collapse etc.