2453 killed, 1841 critically injured in 2010 at different Occupational Accidents and Workers Rights Violation
Some 2453 workers were killed and 1841 others injured in various work related incidents across the country on last year (1 January to 31 December, 2010).
Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) revealed the said statistics after monitoring sixteen national daily newspapers from January 1, to December 31, 2010. Of the total, highest number of causalities took place in the transport sector (1217) followed by garments sector (743) day labour (356), agriculture and fishery sector (300) and construction sector (248).
It was found in the survey that, 891 workers were killed and 874 critically injured at workplaces due to fall from height, electrocution and explosion, a group of 302workers killed and 521 injured at work in relation to different workers rights violations (i.e. physical assault by employers/management, police action etc). Some 464 workers were killed and 155 others injured in incidents while traveling to and from the workplaces.
Low enforcement of existing labour law (BLA-2006) at workplaces, weak labour inspections, lack of awareness, sensitization and health and safety training among workers, absence of OSH committee at workplaces level, lack of decent wage and defective industrial relations were some of the key causes for growing occupational accidents, workers rights violations and labour unrests in the country.