Another deadly week for Indian workers

The last week has seen a number of industrial incidents claiming the lives of several workers. In Ahmedabad, five workers were killed when they were overcome by poisonous fumes while cleaning an effluent tank. A sixth worker died in hospital the day after. In eastern India, nine workers were killed in an explosion at their fireworks factory, while another three were injured. A few days ago, another three workers were killed as they were inspecting a blocked sewerage line. What all these deaths have in common is the lack of health and safety measures at their workplaces. In India, not only are OHS laws weak, but enforcement is often non-existent.