188 workers die in June in work-related accidents: report

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"Not work-related accident, it is murder"

A total of 188 workers died in June in work-related accidents, according to a report drafted by Turkey’s Health and Safety Labor Watch (İSİG), the Diken news website reported.

Thirty-one percent of the deaths occurred in agricultural workplaces, followed construction at 23 percent and transportation with 15 percent.

While eight of the deceased were migrants living in Turkey – six Afghans, one Syrian and one Turkmen – another eight were underage workers, the report indicated.

April saw the highest number of work-related deaths in 2020 with 221 despite coronavirus measures.

Most recently seven workers were killed in an explosion at a fireworks company in Sakarya province.

The owners of the company, a father and son, were later detained by police. The son was arrested by a court on charges of negligence along with four factory employees.

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