According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), there were 11 deaths every 100,000 workers in India in 2005. This number was two in the US and 0.01 in Japan. What is scary is that the number of fatalities may be significantly underestimated because of absence of a formal accident tracking system. I suspect the situation in other developing nations isn’t significantly different.
Why is the fatality rate in the industrial sectors in the developing nations so high?
Are risks being transplanted as the manufacturing shifts to developing countries ?
Are the high GDP growth-rates tainted in blood?
Here are couple of well-researched articles on status of industrial safety in India and coal mining safety in China:
India’s Work Sites Unsafe, Accident Prone
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