Accidents and illnesses at work increasing in developing countries – ILO

Accidents and illnesses at work are increasing in developing countries, with work related illnesses taking the lead, says the International Labour Organisation (ILO. Accidents and illnesses at work are increasing in developing countries, with work related illnesses taking the lead, says the International Labour Organisation (ILO. “According to new estimates by the ILO, the number of job related accidents and illnesses, which annually claim more than two million lives, appears to be rising because of rapid industrialization in some developing countries,” said an ILO statement.

In Sri Lanka, out of a 6.2 million working population, the highest number of fatal accidents is attributed to the agricultural sector, that saw over 700 fatal accidents in 2001 among its 2.3 million workers.

The ILO estimates over 800,000 accidents at local places of work that leads to at least three days of absenteeism and over 1,000 accidents that are fatal.

World over, ILO data shows that workplace accidents have levelled off in many industrialised and newly industrialised countries.

But accidents at work are on the rise in countries now undergoing rapid development i