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Numbers of Worker deaths around the world
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The ILO estimates that 345,000 workers have died in incidents at the workplace.

This page allows you to access details of the numbers of workers who the ILO estimated to have died in 2002 at work in different counties of the world.

It also allows you to find out the country with the most and least estimated total numbers of workplace deaths.

It also gives the numbers of deaths that the governments of each country provided to the ILO.

The numbers of deaths includes employees, the self employed and sole traders (i.e farmers) who have died on land, at sea or in the air. It includes work-related transport incidents (though not work-related commuting incidents). It does not include members of the public who have died from work-related incidents.

To read how the ILO makes the estimates, click here.

Summary of death levels in different continents

To find out the numbers of deaths of a particular country, click first on the appropriate continent below.

•  Africa
•  Americas
•  Asia
•  Europe
•  Oceania (Australia and Newzealand

To go do the ILO webpage where the original data can be accessed, click here

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How does ILO make the estimates
According to an ILO paper, the ILO uses:

"both statistics and other information from as many different sourcesas can be found and which could be regarded to be as reliable as possible, in order to calculate new estimated for work-related mortality. When no material is available, assumptions are made. The assumptions are based on studies or statistics from other countries where employment and/or the economic structure are about similiar."

The ILO has done household studies in different countries in different continents which help make estimates regarding other countries of the same type.

The ILO figures on these pages are based on latest available statistics (from those member States that have reported them properly), which is mostly in year 2001

To download the ILO paper - which is in draft form only - on how they calculate the estimates, click here

The reason why there is often such a difference between the numbers reported by a country and the numbers of deaths estimated by the ILO is because (a) the obligations upon employers and others to report deaths to the authorities do not cover most of the work-force and (b) there is serious under-reporting by employers and others to the authorities.




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