Two Workers Dead, Three Injured Due to Unsafe Workplace Conditions

On December 20, two workers were killed and three others were injured in three workplace accidents caused by unsafe conditions.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting ISNA, a worker in Savojbolagh County, Alborz Province cut his hand on fan blades while lubricating a ventilation system. He passed away in the hospital due to blood loss.

Also according to ISNA, a fire broke out in a commercial building in Ardabil City, severely injuring three service workers.

According to IRIB News Agency, a construction worker in Neka County, Mazandaran Province lost his life. The worker fell while installing silo parts for a livestock input production company. For unknown reasons, he fell from high and died immediately.

Iran ranks 102nd in workplace safety out of 189 countries.

Director-General of Forensic Medicine of East Azerbaijan, Ali Safai, stated that during the first eight months of this year, 61 workers lost their lives in his province alone.

He elaborated, stating that, “35 workers died due to falling from high, 12 by being hit by a hard object, six by electrification, two from suffocation, one by drowning and five by fire. In addition, 1003 people have been hospitalized due to workplace accidents, of which 34 victims are women and the rest men”.

Two Inmates Sentenced to Death; One Spared from Execution

Two inmates were recently sentenced to death while one was spared from execution.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Rokna, physician Alireza Solhi was recently sentenced to death  for killing his wife and grandmother in Tabriz. Reportedly, in October 2016, on the day of the incident, Solhi’s family was poisoned and hospitalized from food he had prepared, after which his wife Elmira and his grandmother lost their lives.

In the first trial, though he never confessed to intentional poisoning, Solhi was sentenced to death. This verdict was overturned by the Supreme Court, and the case was sent back to criminal court. In the second trial, he could exact the satisfaction of the second victim’s ‘blood avengers’ but not the second victim’s one for which, consequently, he was condemned to death. This verdict was confirmed by Branch 24 of the Supreme Court.

According to another report, in Tehran, an inmate, identified by his first name as 23-year-old Esmail, was sentenced to death on the charge of killing a young man in a fight. In May 2017, the police station in Aboldazim city was reported over a fight among three men. In this fight, a 27-year-old man was stabbed and died in hospital from severe wounds. After two days of investigation, police arrested the convicted inmate for murder. In the trial, the defendant claimed that he stabbed the young man in self-defense.

In Ardabil City, an inmate on death row was spared from execution after exacting satisfaction of the victim’s family. In this case, in 2010, a man reported his wife missing to the police. After a one week search, the police found her body in a morass. Reportedly, the woman was strangled to death. The police arrested the victim’s husband as the primary suspect. The accused, however, neither confessed during interrogation nor trial. Finally, the family’s victim was satisfied to halt the execution. The 55-year-old man was released from jail after spending 11 years in prison.