We work to live, and often we live to work. But the staggering facts are that 6,300 people die every day due to occupational accidents or work-related diseases including cancer, heart disease and stroke, according to the United Nations' International Labour Organization. That amounts to 2.3 million deaths a year -- far more annual fatalities than have occurred in any armed conflict since World War II. The statistics have nearly doubled in the last 15 years; there were 1.2 million work-related deaths in 2000.
The ILO lists the three most dangerous industries as agriculture, construction and mining. A worker dies every 15 seconds from a work-related accident or work-related disease. And even when they are not fatal, some 317 million accidents occur every year on the job.
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