I was talking with a friend the other day who mentioned he had read about the number of work related fatalities per day in China. It got me thinking, cause, personally, I have never had the misfortune of working anywhere that had dodgy work safety practices ... so, I went looking to see Where Australia sat, statistically in the global safety statistics. Although Australia isnt meantioned in this article, the figures were worth sharing.
Tthe following estimates by the United Nations International Labour Organsiation are truely shocking.
- As Many as 5000 people die every day (globally) from work related incidents and disease (2.3million per year)
- Many countries do not report workplace deaths and work related illnesses causing deaths. For example in India they reported 222 fatal accidents during one study, however external estimates indicate the figure was closer to 40,000. China in one study reported 12,554 deaths, but the actual toll was closer to 90,000 deaths.Jukka Takala the director of the ILO's Safework Program stated, "The sad truth is that in some parts of the world, many workers will probably die for lack of an adequate safety culture."
Still looking for more updated information
Estimated Fatal Workplace Accidents (2001)
Russ. Fed 6,276
S Africa 1,908