Fatal Heights: The Untold Deaths of India's Construction Workers

PUBLISHED ON: August 5, 2017 | Duration: 24 min, 11 sec

   
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Millions of men and women build the homes of our dreams. Every year, hundreds of them die in fatal accidents or are injured - all because of the lack of safety on worksites and a shocking absence of government oversight. These fatal accidents are rendered invisible, because there is no official national-level record of construction workers' deaths or injuries. Over a five-month long investigation, through RTI's, police records, and NGO surveys, we have put together a first-of-its-kind national record of the deaths and injuries of India's construction workers on worksites. The results - though far from perfect - show the number of deaths are 10 times more than the only government estimate that exists. We also air undercover video from construction sites which have witnessed deadly accidents, to show how - despite having witnessed deaths - those worksites are still blatantly violating basic safety measures.
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