Health and safety at work: A trade union priority

Figures appearing in this issue of Labour Education 2002/1 No. 126, are shocking: every day sees 5,000 people die from work-related accidents. That is three deaths every minute. Work-related diseases continue to take a heavy toll,affecting at any given time more than 160 million people in both developing and industrialized countries. This is an important issue for all of society, as these casualties help swell the pressures on increasingly stretched public health systems throughout the world. In consequence, the costs and the social impacts on communities have risen.