Poor Work­place Safety

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Mo­ham­mad Waqar Bi­lal, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Ac­cord­ing to re­search con­ducted by the Oc­cu­pa­tional Safety, Health and En­vi­ron­ment Foun­da­tion (OSHE) of Bangladesh, more than 1,225 work­ers were killed and over 500 in­jured at work­places across the coun­try in 2016, com­pared to a to­tal of 951 on-the­job ca­su­al­ties recorded in 2015. The OSHE re­port re­veals the cur­rent state of oc­cu­pa­tional safety and health in Bangladesh, which lags be­hind in the re­gion in terms of er­gonomics and safe work­ing con­di­tions of­fered to the em­ploy­ees. In fact, the is­sue of work­ers' safety has never been con­sid­ered by the gov­ern­ment on a pri­or­ity ba­sis. Con­se­quently, most in­dus­tries do not pay heed to the pro­tec­tion of labour rights, whereas the ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment rate in the coun­try com­pels peo­ple to keep work­ing de­spite the lack of oc­cu­pa­tional safety and health re­lated risks posed at the work­place. This is re­ally a big con­cern and needs ur­gent at­ten­tion.

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