The Turkish Cypriot community is in uproar over the high number of deaths caused by work related in the north. Since 2011, 46 work accident related deaths have occurred, with voices being raised against authorities in the north for not doing anything to reverse the trend.
In 2016, seven workers lost their lives while trying to earn their bread, while another 3 lost their lives in the first four months of 2017.
The latest work accident related death occurred on 21 April when Mohammad Kahwar, 32, a construction worker from Pakistan, fell to his death from 7.5 meters in Ayios Epiktitos (Catalkoy).
The most horrific of accidents happened on 4 February this year, when a Bangladeshi construction worker fell into a cement mixing truck, being torn to pieces in Ayios Theodors (Cayirova).
Acording to workers’ union DEV-IS’ statistics, the vast majority of work related accidents happened in construction sites, with most victims falling from scaffolding.
Hasan Yikici, representing DEV-IS, said that most of the victims are poor workers from third world countries which are made to work on very low wages and in bad conditions.
Yikici said that “Unfortunately there are also no sanctions for employers who do not take the necessary safety measures”.