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The cost of workplace related injuries and illnesses is internalized and not perceived to be the liability of the employer.

Regular illnesses have been normalised:

With years of exposure, workers have accepted health issues as a regular occurrence and unless probed further, don’t even associate their health issues as issues directly arising from the job.

Work related injuries treated as personal issues:

Workers bear significant monthly expenses for medical treatment; most contractual workers don’t have sick leaves as a part of their contracts. They have limited expectation from govt./ contractors and further get penalised for their illnesses.

  • Workers are not allowed to take sick leaves and lose out on payment for the day if they take a sick leave, have to work even with fever, body ache. In contrast govt. employees have health cards (for free surgeries) and insurance.

We need to improve working conditions and access to healthcare; incorporate health benefits into worker contracts.

This insight applies to 5 types of unsafe sanitation work:

What this entails: Unblocking and cleaning sewer and wastewater drains

Frequency: Complaint-based, seasonal (rainy season) and occasionally for preventive maintenance

Location: Urban areas

What this entails: Cleaning faecal matter from railway tracks and platforms,railway toilets and platform toilets

Frequency: several times a day

Location: Rail network and railway stations

What this entails: Maintaining and operating sewage and faecal sludge treatment plants on a daily basis

LocationUrban, across the ~527 STPs/FSTPs in India

What this entails: Maintaining public/community toilets (often insanitary) on a daily basis

Location: Rural and urban CTCs, mostly in slums; public convenience shelters

What this entails: Cleaning open drains and road sweeping, often encountering fecal matter due to open defecation and insanitary latrines connected to drains

LocationUrban – drains alongside roads

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