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At least 1,301 workers died in Turkey in first 7 months of 2021: report

A view of the terminal building under construction at the site of the Istanbul New Airport on April 13, 2018 during press tour in northern Istanbul. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Turkey recorded 1,301 deaths in work-related accidents in the first seven months of the year, according to a recent report by the Workers’ Health and Work Safety Assembly (İSİG).

One hundred forty-six workers died in Turkey last month, while 173, 203, 142, 144, 257 and 236 died in January, February, March, April, May and June of 2021, respectively, the report said. The most common causes of deaths among workers were falling from heights, being crushed under heavy equipment and traffic accidents.

According to the report at least 1,168 workers have died of COVID-19 while thousands of others have been infected with the virus since the country reported its first coronavirus case in March 2020.

People have been suffering from lax work safety standards for decades in Turkey, where workplace accidents are nearly a daily occurrence. In the worst work-related accident in the country’s history, 301 miners lost their lives in an explosion in Manisa’s Soma district in May 2014.

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