Deaths from work related illness are rising, show latest figures

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 15 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5863
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Although the number of fatal work related accidents worldwide continues to fall, more people are dying from work related diseases, says a report by the International Labour Organization.

From 2003 to 2008 deaths from accidents in the workplace fell by 10% (from 358 000 to 321 000), while the number of people who died from work related diseases rose by nearly 4% (from 1.95 million to 2.02 million).

The fall in deaths from workplace accidents is a result of stronger policies on health and safety at work introduced by many governments, including bringing legislation in line with international standards, says the report, together with better inspection services and increased prevention and …

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