Better data "will help save lives" at work: ILO chief

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A construction worker cuts through a steel beam at a construction site in Luang Prabang, northern Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Photo: ILO/Adri Berger

More accurate data will help save lives at work and help countries to fulfil their commitments to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

That's the view of Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in a message to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

It's estimated that more than 2.3 million deaths and 300 million injuries occur each year in the workplace, according to the ILO.

But in order to better understand the issue and reduce the number of incidents, better data is needed, said the ILO chief.

"Countries that have good data will be better placed to fulfill their commitment to implement and report on the global plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all," said Mr Ryder.

Those are some of the key Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, which 193 countries have agreed to try and reach by 2030.

To mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, ILO said it was renewing its commitment to support Member States' efforts to strengthen their capacity to prevent accidents, and the spread of disease in the workplace.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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