Long working hours are killing hundreds of thousands of people a year, WHO says
May 17, 2021 at 17:46
London (CNN Business) Working long hours is killing hundreds of thousands of people a year through stroke and heart disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In a global analysis of the link between loss of life and health and working long hours, WHO and the International Labour Organization estimated that in 2016, some 745,000 people died as a result of having worked at least 55 hours a week.
Most of the deaths were recorded among people aged 60 to 79, who had worked at least 55 hours between the ages of 45 and 74.
Men were the worst affected, accounting for 72% of deaths, the analysis found.
People living in the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia, and middle-aged or older workers took on a particularly significant share of the disease burden, the report said.
The study, published Monday in the journal Environment International, found that deaths from heart disease linked with working long hours increased by 42% between 2000 and 2016, and stroke by 19%.