11/30/2021, 12.44
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Asia is the most dangerous place in the world for workers (INFOGRAPHIC)

Research by Arinite, a British company that deals with workplace safety reports that of the top 10 countries in the global ranking, 9 are in Asia. The figure considered is the average number of deaths per 100,000 workers.



Milan (AsiaNews) - Asia is the most dangerous place in the world for workers. This is according to an analysis conducted by the British company Arinite, which has analyzed and reprocessed the data of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on victims of accidents at work on a global scale.

According to the research results, Bhutan ranks first with a fatality rate of 31.9 per 100,000 workers in a year. Relative to the workforce in the country, which stood at 378,371 people in 2020, it shows that a total of at least 120 workers died in one year. 

In the world ranking, East Timor follows with a rate of 29.2 victims per 100,000 workers and Nepal with 28.8. In absolute terms, that's about 160 and 4,600 workers dead in a year, respectively. In fourth place is Namibia, but the next countries are all in the Asia-Pacific region: Laos, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, the Solomon Islands and Cambodia (see infographic).

The total for the Asian region amounts to more than one million deaths each year, according to the Ilo. Those most affected are the poor, the least educated and informed, migrants and members of ethnic minorities.

The rate for each individual nation comes from an average compiled by Arinite, a company that deals with occupational safety. This means that in some countries, work-related deaths in specific sectors are much higher than the national death rate. In the Philippines for example, the figure rises to 64.4 in the gas and electricity sector, although it would be 9.6 nationally (the reference year is 2017). An average of 4,128 workers died that year.

In Thailand, the national figure of 5.27 becomes nearly 46 in the agriculture and fishing sector, one of the deadliest worldwide as well. In Hong Kong, a national average of 6.78 becomes 30 in the construction sector, a figure that in Sri Lanka rises to 41.7 even though the country's total average is 0.98 for 2019. For comparison, the occupational fatality rate for Italy in Arinite's research corresponds to 2.42 (the year considered is 2015). Even in Singapore, which has an average mortality rate of 0.9, in the water purification and waste management sector the figure rises to 18.3.

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