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"From Workers' Injury Assessment to Workplace Inclusion in the Aftermath of a Workplace Accident"

Self assessment

Check the impact on the Health Condition of a worker injured as a result of a workplace accident.

The begining is a multisectoral initiative of the Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies of the University of Dhaka to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by workers with disabilities and to promote respect for their inherent dignity in the aftermath of workplace accidents in the RMG Sector of Bangladesh.

Since 2005 we have been involved in managing two of the most dramatic workplace accidents in the RMG sector of Bangladesh: Spectrum (2005) and Rana Plaza (2013).

Since 2016 we have been deeply involved in determining the ratio of non-fatal accidents in the RMG sector through the Simon Project.
Our mision
We work on eradicating all forms of discrimination, from medical assistance to the denial of “reasonable accommodation”.

Our Mission is to design instruments to obtain workplace accident data that allow the gradual eradication of any form of discrimination based on Disability.

Discrimination means any injured workers distinction, exclusion, restriction or effect of impairing or nullifying their recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal basis with others, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in the aftermath of a workplace accident in the RMG Sector of Bangladesh.

Methodology: The Bangladesh Scale

The Bangladesh Scale and its four ITs have been designed to determine impacts on the Well-Being of an injured worker as a result of a workplace accident in the RMG Sector of Bangladesh.

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The Tools

The tools developed by Simon Institute allow us to objectively quantify: (i) impairments on body functions and structures; (ii) the influence of personal and social factors;(iii) limitation of activities; (iv) restrictions of participation; (v) residual ability and, finally, (vi) reasonable accommodations to reincorporate the worker with disability to his/her previous post, after completing his/her healing period.

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The Team is made up of a global and local multisectoral team that includes: (i) forensic and orthopedic and neurological surgeon doctors (Universities of Dhaka and Santiago de Compostela); (ii) mathematicians (University of Santiago de Compostela); (iii) actuaries (Spain and France); (iv) computer engineers (Spain and Bangladesh); (v) sociologists (University of Dhaka) and; (vi) insurer and re-insurer experts (Spain, France, Bangladesh and USA).

Meet our team

More than 15 years in the field

Managing the following workplace disasters: Spectrum (2005), Tazreen (2012), Rana Plaza (2013) and the statistically determining The Ratio of Non-fatal Workplace Accidents of the RMG Sector.

Savar Project

The Savar Project Methodology has been designed in a relational approach by the Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies (IDMVS) of Dhaka University and Third Sector representatives of Bangladesh to protect the free access, control and enjoyment of compensation resulting from Rana Plaza Compensation to the injured workers and the families of those  families deceased workers family members.

The Savar Project offers an innovative multi-stakeholder methodology that includes the “gender” concept as a key element to determining the corporate intervention strategy and explores new research paths to integrate any form of Violence Against Women in the aftermath of a workplace accident.

Simon Project

This Study summarizes a two-year relational process to estimate The Ratio of non-fatal workplace accidents for Bangladesh's RMG Sector.

This “relational” and statistical calculation was aimed at developing an estimation of The Ratio, while using the process as a means to accumulate Trust among all stakeholders involved. The Ratio is defined as the percentage of workers who lost at least one workday during the previous year due to a workplace injury.

The Study involved performing onsite surveys of 14,075 workers employed in 54 garment factories that supply a major British textile firm. Based on survey data The Ratio was estimated at 3.04%, which compares favourably with accident rates reported for Spain (3.56% for the textile industry and 1.53% for clothing manufacture) and Portugal (2.07% for clothing manufacturing), and is well below previously estimated rates for Bangladesh (for 2003 Hämäläinen et al. [2009] estimated a 20.47% ratio for workplace accidents resulting in work absences of at least four days).

The newly estimated Ratio would allow the implementation of a public or private social protection system. The Study's secondary goal was for all involved stakeholders to accept The Ratio, based on the Trust that was accumulated during the execution of the survey. The “license to operate” granted by the stakeholders to both The Ratio and the methodology used for its estimation is a key instrument for the future development of public and private insurance solutions. These insurance solutions are necessary to protect the Basic and Fundamental Rights of over 5 million workers employed in Bangladesh’s RMG sector.

Kushi Project

A practical   implementation of sen´s capability approach to measure the impact of Savar Project in the Rana Plaza workplace disaster.

It  is an econometric model that combines Disaster Management Techniques with Sen's Capability Approach.

It is focused on assessing beneficiaries  "Capability" through to the evolution of two variables over time: (i) Their Survival "Ability" which captures their capacity to overcome the initial impact of the Rana Plaza collapse based on age, gender, marital status, commodities that are available to him/her, social capacity for resilience and access to social protection mechanisms and (ii) their "Post-Survival capacity" to escape the “poverty trap” after receiving the bulk of the Savar Project compensation.


Digital Ecosystem of solutions for tele-healthcare during the pandemic. Over 10 million families assisted from financial to healthcare needs.

Open Source Projects utilized by 4 governments. Open Source Toolkit for Pandemics: Scalable real-time data for better decision making. Project Unity helps you monitor and restrict the spread of disease through a simple app.

Incorporating best practices in data-security and privacy protection. From distributed anonimized data using Exposure Notifications with Google and Apple teams to GDPR compliant solutions for self-diagnostics.

Geo location Data for Governmental and Private primary to tertiary attention centers.

Secure Profiles for family members and interconnection of data-flows with other government systems through standardized APIs.

Big-data Dashboards with forecasting of hotspots and trends.

Tele-medicine protocols activated to de-saturate hospitals and to prioritize support.

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