Work-related death toll increases

Two
million workers die each year through work-related accidents and diseases, the
International Labour Organisation says.

And,
the ILO estimates that for every death there are another 500-2000 injuries.

The
ILO says the estimated annual death rate has increased since 1990, mainly
because work-related communicable diseases were not counted previously and the
number of cases of work-related cancer and circulatory disease have increased.

During
the 1990s figures for fatal accidents went up slightly for developing countries
and decreased in most industrialised countries.

The
ILO said the evolving nature of work has generated new occupational hazards,
including musculo-skeletal disorders, stress and mental problems.

By Quentin Reade

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