TODAY’S – 5 workers die in three separate jobsite accidents

5 workers die in three separate jobsite accidentsA total of five workers died in three unrelated jobsite accidents on Wednesday and Thursday, media outlets have reported.On Wednesday in the Yenice district of the Karabuk province, 47-year-old Hamdi Ayan and 51-year-old were crushed by a tree that they were cutting down in a forested area of the Black Sea province.

Meanwhile, a landslide on the construction site of a dam in the SamandaI district of the southern province of Hatay trapped two workers under rocks. A rescue team eventually unearthed the bodies of 22-year-old Kadir Ilmas and 26-year-old Nurullah Keklik.

In the GumuIova district of Duzce province on Thursday, a one-ton load of stacked aluminum fell on 23-year-old factory worker Yusuf Gul, who was rushed to a hospital where he died despite attempts to save his life. The accident is reportedly under investigation.

The year has not gotten off to a good start regarding work safety. At least 206 workers died over the course of January and February, constituting a new record, according to recent figures from the Istanbul Council for Workersand#39 Health and Work Safety (ISIG).

A total of 125 workers died in the month of January, while another 81 lost their lives in February. Deaths were most common in the construction, transportation, agricultural and energy sectors.

A total of 185 workers died during the first two months of last year2014 was a disastrous year for jobsite accidents in Turkey, as 1,886 workers were killed on the job and the country witnessed the deadliest mine disaster in its history, when 301 miners died due to an explosion in the Soma mine in western Turkeyand#39s Manisa province. Soma was just one of several deadly disasters that commanded a great deal of attention in the media and prompted outrage regarding the insufficient health and safety conditions of workers.

9 million work without insurance, social securityMeanwhile, 9 million people in Turkey are currently working under the table and not benefitting from social security, according to recent figures from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat).A total of 29.

29 percent of male workers were employed on an unregistered, informal basis, while 48.43 percent of the female workforce was employed informally.

Official figures show that the percentage of informal employment in the total workforce is just under 35 percent.Around 28 million of these workers were employed by family members in a family business on an unpaid basis.

The majority were women, who comprised 208 million of the unpaid workers.Those working under the table are left out of the social security system, while working informally also prevents laborers from obtaining health insurance and leaves them vulnerable in the event of a work-related accident.

Wages are often also significantly lower compared to those of workers who are employed on a formal basis.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman