Workers feel heat to finish Games sites [India]

Author: Abhaya Srivastava, Agence France Presse , Published on: 1 October 2009

...14 of the 19 [Commonwealth] Games-related projects [in Delhi] remain less than half-finished...said Rajeev Sharma, regional coordinator for Building and Wood Workers' International..."There is pressure from the government on contractors and safety issues are being overlooked...According to the...ILO...nearly 50,000 Indians die from work-related accidents or illness every year. Workers on the site of the main Commonwealth stadium have been issued with hard hats, yet most work in open-toed sandals and live in cramped tin tenements in which illnesses are rife. In the last Commonwealth Games-related mortality, 21-year-old Sunil was crushed to death at the Nehru stadium when a cement mixer toppled onto him.

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