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Studies on Balkan and Near Eastern Social Sciences

Edited By Rasim Yilmaz and Günther Löschnigg

This volume is a collection of empirical and theoretical research papers in the social sciences regarding the Balkans and the Near East written by researchers from several different universities and institutions. The studies include a wide range of topics from economic, financial, political, agricultural, sociological, international relations to historical, cultural, and feminist issues in the region of the Balkan and Near East. The book is aimed at educators, researchers, and students interested in the Balkan and Near Eastern countries.

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The Visible and Invisible Parts of an Iceberg: Indirect/Direct Costs of the Occupational Accidents Encountered on a Global Scale (Elif Çelenk Kaya / Afşin Ahmet Kaya / Necla Irem Ölmezoğlu)

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Elif Çelenk Kaya1, Afşin Ahmet Kaya2 and Necla Irem Ölmezoğlu1 The Visible and Invisible Parts of an Iceberg: Indirect/Direct Costs of the Occupational Accidents Encountered on a Global Scale Introduction and Purpose Parallel with the increase in the importance of occupational safety in the world, the scientific studies in regard to the subject gained importance as well. In spite of that, a limited number of scientific studies were conducted in relation to the economic dimensions of occupational accidents. Moreover, there are almost no scientific studies conducted about the invisible costs which are part of the eco- nomic dimensions of the occupational accidents. Therefore, the main purpose of this chapter is to discuss the weight of the occupational accidents on economies in the world by analyzing the figures of occupational accidents that take place in the world and showing the tendency to increase from time to time under the light of the Eurostat data. The secondary purpose of our study is to explain what the invisible (the incalculable indirect) costs of occupational accidents are and in what ways this situation affects the social and economic structures of the countries. The economic cost of occupational accidents can be analyzed under two parts: direct and indirect costs. Indirect costs of occupational accidents are external costs that are hard to be explained with figures and cannot be priced easily. Their effect continues in a sequence and from generation to generation. The indirect costs in occupational accidents not only affect the worker but...

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