753 Turkish workers lost their lives in workplace accidents in last 4 months

At least 753 workers lost their lives in workplace accidents in Turkey during last 4 months following Turkish government’s aggressive program titled “Declaration of Occupational Health and Safety: Target is Zero,” a report released by the Assembly of Workers Health and Occupational Safety (İSİG) has showed on Wednesday.

According to a report by Bianet, “Declaration of Occupational Health and Safety: Target is Zero” signing ceremony was held at the 3rd Airport in İstanbul on May 13, 2017 with the participation of former Labor Minister of Turkey, Mehmet Müezzinoğlu, as part of the ’employment campaign’ launched by Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

According to İSİG statistics, 167 out of 753 people, who lost their lives in workplace accidents between May 13, 2017 and September 12, 2017, were construction workers.

The figures in the report has showed that at least 6 workers lost their lives in occupational homicides in Turkey every day. The reports has also showed that at least 104 workers lost their lives at their workplace in May, 170 workers in June, 207 workers in July, 217 workers in August, 55 workers in September (between September 1-12).

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