Killer Work Week

Long working hours are increasingly deadly, according to the first analysis of its kindfrom the WHO and the International Labour Organization. 
In 2016: As a result of working 55+ hours a week, 745,000 people died from ischemic heart disease and stroke—a 29% increase since 2000.

The report labels long working hours as the largest occupational disease burden, responsible for about a third of all work-related disease.
Worst affected: Male workers, people in the Western Pacific and South East Asia, and middle-aged or older workers.

The data were gathered before the pandemic—but there is evidence that national lockdowns drive working hours up 10%.
To ease the toll,  governments and employers can take steps like banning mandatory overtime, the report urges.

“It's really a smart choice to not increase long working hours in an economic crisis,” said WHO technical officer Frank Pega, BBC reports.

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