Nearly 900 died due to workplace accidents in 2012

Istanbul saw the most cases, with 102, while İzmir and Ankara followed with 39 and 34, respectively. The sector most affected was construction, with 279, followed by agriculture at 90.

Nearly 900 died due to workplace accidents in 2012

World Bulletin/News Desk

Workplace accidents claimed 878 lives throughout the country in 2012, a study carried out by Bir Umut Derneği (One Hope Association) revealed on Tuesday.

According to the study, there were only 42 days in 2012 when no deaths occurred as a result of accidents in the workplace. The highest number of deadly accidents was seen in July, with 110.

İstanbul saw the most cases, with 102, while İzmir and Ankara followed with 39 and 34, respectively. The sector most affected was construction, with 279, followed by agriculture at 90.

An EU Progress Report published in the autumn of 2010 stated that Turkey employed too few inspectors and that its monitoring of workplaces was insufficient, resulting in 72,963 occupational accidents on record among registered workers.

It also noted that 44.8 percent of employed people work outside the social security system and are therefore deprived of pension rights and labor protection.

As a recent example of work-related accidents, a man died while working in the southern province of Antalya on Monday. According to reports by news agencies, İsmail Kurtul came to Antalya from Ankara to work as a backhoe operator at a construction site. On his first working day, the man began a test drive of the vehicle. Kurtul reportedly lost the control of the vehicle, causing it to roll over several times and trapping him inside. Firefighters and emergency units were called to the scene. After an hour, firefighters pulled the deceased Kurtul from the wreck. Kurtul's body was taken to the Council of Forensic Medicine (ATK) for an autopsy.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) reported last week that Turkey had the third highest rate of deaths from workplace accidents in the world, and the first highest among European countries.

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