New Delhi: Accidents at the workplace have been going up, though there has been a decline in deaths due to such mishaps, according to a report, ‘Beyond deaths and injuries: ILO’s role in promoting safe and healthy jobs’, that will be released by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 2July.
Estimated fatal accidents at workplaces rose from 351,000 to 358,000 between 2001 to 2003 while the non-fatal category showed an increase from 268 million to 337 million in the same period, largely due to increase in workers globally, it said.
The report will be released at the 18th World Congress on Safety and Health at Work scheduled to be held in Seoul in South Korea.
However, the overall deaths due to work-related diseases declined slightly from 2.03 million to 1.95 million and the total estimated number of deaths due to accidents and diseases too decreased slightly from 2.38 mn to 2.31 mn.
Though industrialized countries have seen a steady decline in work-related accidents and diseases, this is not the case with countries undergoing rapid industrialization and under-developed nations where a national Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) system has often not been properly enforced, the report said.
The World Congress is the largest global event on Occupational Safety and Health with more than 4,000 representatives from over 100 countries attending the meet.