Work accidents 'hit global GDP'

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Wiping out the productivity lost through work-related accidents in developing countries could provide the equivalent of 20 times all global development official aid, a report suggests.

Research from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) shows that the 2.2 million deaths from work-related accidents and 270 million injuries that take place each year equals approximately four per cent of global GDP.

The findings come two days before a world day for safety and health at work, set to take place on Sunday April 28th. The day will feature a range of events, including public awareness campaigns to publicise the importance of

In particular government intervention and improved inspecting and reporting standards are important to reduce the number of accidents at work, the ILO believes.

"Experience shows that most accidents are preventable," Maziadi al-Tuwaijri of the ILO commented.

"Sound prevention practices need to be implemented by governments, employers and workers systematically at the national and enterprise level."

The ILO is seeking agreement on an international framework of occupational health and safety adopted last year. The convention hopes to raise the profile of health and safety issues by continually revising its provisions and working with governments to ensure the development and implementation of national strategies tackling the problem.

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