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India’s construction and manufacturing industry is the country’s second-largest employer and contributor to economic activity, after agriculture. But a darker side to this explosive growth is that it is also one of the most dangerous.

The sector must be more prepared to ensure safety of those who work in its lowest rungs. Despite a decline in overall injuries thanks to continual prevention and intervention efforts, workers in the industry are still at high risk, said Odisha Governor Dr S C Jamir.

He was speaking at the inaugural of an International Symposium on occupational safety and health ‘Vision Zero- From problems to practical solutions’ here on Thursday. Work environments should be safe and healthy. Yet this is not the case for many workers.

Every day workers all over the world are faced with a multitude of health hazards and even there are instances of fatal injuries, observed Governor Jamir. Workplace safety and health cannot be compromised and it needs to be given always a top priority, he said.

India’s construction and manufacturing industry is the country’s second-largest employer and contributor to economic activity, after agriculture. But there is a darker side to this explosive growth. This industry is also one of the most dangerous.

Occupational safety and health is a discipline with a broad scope involving many specialized fields. The International Symposium has been organized by the Labour and ESI Department, Government of Odisha in collaboration with German Social Accident Insurance and International Social Security Association.

Anu Garg, Principal Secretary, Labour and ESI Department, Prof. H.C. Karl-Heinz Noetel, President ISSA Construction Company, Germany, Er. K. Mohapatra, Director of Factories and Boilers, B.K. Sahu Former Insurance Commissioner, ESIC among others addressed the inaugural session.

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