The International Labour Organisation has called for a culture of intolerance towards risks at work, noting that an estimated 2.3 million workers die from work-related accidents and diseases every year.

The Director-General, ILO, Mr. Guy Ryder, made the call in Frankfurt, Germany while speaking to occupational safety experts, politicians and scientists at the 2014 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, a statement on the organisation’s website said.

Ryder was quoted as saying, “The challenge we face is a daunting one. Work claims more victims around the globe than does war; an estimated 2.3 million workers die every year from occupational accidents and diseases.”

Referring to the direct or indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work, which the ILO estimates at $2.8tn worldwide, Ryder stressed that investing in occupational safety and health was also good business. “Every dollar that is invested pays in,” he said. Read more

Courtesy: punch