1,421 killed in work-related accidents in 9 months

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A report released by the Workers Health and Occupational Safety Assembly, a workplace safety watchdog, has revealed that a total of 1,421 people were killed in Turkey in work-related accidents in the first nine months of the year.

The report showed that 141 people lost their lives in work accidents in September alone while 115 workers died in January, 144 in February, 160 in March, 171 in April, 124 in May, 205 in June, 160 in July and 201 in August.

Most of the fatalities in September took place in the construction sector, followed by agriculture and forestry and then trade.

Ten of the workers who died in industrial accidents in September were women, while four of them were child laborers, according to the report.

Turkey has been criticized for its poor workplace safety record and its failure to prevent workplace accidents, particularly in the wake of a series of mining accidents in recent years.
Labor authorities are widely criticized for failing to conduct necessary inspections and take precautions to protect workers.

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