Workers face a myriad of problems in Lebanon. Over the past few years, different labor groups in the country have protested over a variety of issues, one of which did not receive much attention from the unions, media and policy makers: occupational health and safety. Two weeks ago, a 25-year old mechanic was killed in Sidon, when the car he was inspecting fell on him due to a faulty lift. Fellow mechanics in Sidon complained that not enough is being done to protect them. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident; in the past four years a construction worker falls after falling off a crane, two workers were killed within three days in one site, a worker was killed on a construction site, and one worker killed and three injure when a fall collapsed over them.
It is common to see workers in construction sites and at car mechanics wearing no or little safety gear. Lack of a safe working environment is also present in factories as well as non-industrial jobs. Some domestic workers also risk their lives on a daily basis. Pictures of domestic workers cleaning windows in high buildings with no protective gear in Lebanon can be found all over the internet (like the one below).