Bangladesh workplace fatality rate remains high
Work-related accidents in 2017 in Bangladesh in 2017 claimed 1,242 lives and injured 371, according to a report by the country’s Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE). Nearly 300 of the fatalities and 101 serious injuries occurred during the first three months of the year.
That figure represented a slight increase from 2016, which killed 1,240 workers. Bangladesh has a population of 163 million.
As in the U.S., transportation accidents took the highest toll – 488 workers – while 179 construction industry employees and 52 apparel sector employees died. Agriculture had 99 victims. Some 103 were day laborers, 22 domestic workers, 28 fishermen, 8 were employed by steel mills and 18 worked at shipbreaking.
Bangladesh’ main industries are agriculture, manufacturing and industry and shipbuilding and shipbreaking (the process of dismantling ships and selling their parts for scrap).