At least 1,843 workers died at workplaces in 2022 in Turkey, according to a report released on Friday by Health and Safety Labour Watch (İSİG). Of the workers who died, 64 were minors.
İSİG figures come to at least five workplace deaths for every day of the year.
Five percent of the workers who died were union members. According to the Labour Ministry, 14.25 percent of workers in Turkey are unionised.
Worst offending sectors were construction, agriculture and transportation, all infamous for the particularly precarious work conditions they offer. A total of 953 of the deaths occurred in these three sectors.
The number of deaths were impacted by long work hours, unofficial employment, and intense working conditions without insurance.
Since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002, more than 30,000 workplace deaths have rocked the nation, aided by strike bans issued by the increasingly totalitarian government.