The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has estimated that there are more than 2.3 million work-related deaths around the world per year.
Every 15 seconds a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease, and every single second an average of 15 people have a work-related accident. The human cost of all this is incalculable.
The economic burden has been estimated at about 4% of global Gross Domestic Product per annum (see http://goo.gl/f0ufjQ. In an attempt to reduce this human and economic toll, the ILO produces hazard-related and sector-based codes of practice. You’ll find a selection of these publications here: http://goo.gl/5N3AQg. They make an excellent starting point for those who find themselves working with health and safety issues across borders. They are also useful for those who want a global perspective prior to planning local solutions.
The ILO also maintains a series of country profiles that explain how health and safety works in other jurisdictions. You’ll find these here: http://goo.gl/o8qcE4.