Around 2 Million Die From Work-Related Causes Annually says WHO and ILO report | 20 lakh people died due to the compulsion to work for a long time and due to air pollution and noise at the workplace.

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Risk factors like air pollution, noise and long working hours at the workplace are killing the employees. Diseases and injuries occurring during the job are becoming the cause of death. In 2016, 2 million people died worldwide due to this.

For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) have released a joint report on employees facing different problems at the workplace.

According to the report, between 2000 and 2016, the diseases and injuries caused by employees during work were monitored. The report revealed that most of the employees died due to respiratory and heart diseases.

Most of the deaths are due to long working hours

The report says, 7.50 lakh deaths are related to working hours. At the same time, 4.50 lakh deaths occurred due to air pollution (PM particles, gas) at the workplace.

Non-communicable diseases are the cause of the highest number of deaths, up to 81 percent. Non-communicable diseases are those diseases that do not spread from one person to another through infection. Such as respiratory disease and heart disease.

Non-communicable diseases cause 81% of deaths

Diseasenumber of deaths
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease4.50 lakh
stroke4 million
ischemic heart disease3.50 lakh
Injury3.60 lakh

These risk factors increase the risk of death at the workplace

  • working late
  • polluted air
  • Dust and Pesticides
  • carcinogens
  • noisy place

Impact on health and earnings of employees

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says, it is a shocking situation that the job itself is killing human beings. Our report will help countries to understand that there is a need to improve the health and safety of workers.

Illnesses and injuries caused by the job have a negative impact on the health of the employee and reduce his capacity. This directly affects their earnings. Between 2000 and 2016, increased working hours increased the incidence of heart disease among employees by 41 percent and stroke by 19 percent.

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