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Bangladesh: Study shows 729 workers died at the workplace and several hundred others were injured in 2020

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"Workplace death and injuries in 2020", 12 January 2021

A 2020 report by Bangladesh Institute on Labour Studies shows that 729 workers suffered from workplace death of which 384 were employed in the transport sector, 84 in construction sector and 67 in agriculture. The report also states that there were 433 instances of workplace injury. The numbers were lower than those of the previous year – in 2019, almost 1200 workers suffered from workplace death and there were 695 cases of workplace injuries. The number of workplace deaths remained the highest in both 2019 and 2020.

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