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By international standards, accident rates in the Zonguldak mines were appallingly high. Overall, Ottoman workers were five to twenty times more likely to encounter work-related injury or death than their counterparts in Western Europe and the United States. While the twisted and narrow nature of the coal veins of coal at Zonguldak may have played some role, human factors were more important. The undercapitalization of the coalfield often meant insufficient safety procedures and equipment. Particularly in the smaller mines, the lack of ventilation shafts and fans, alongside inattention to safety lamps, aggravated already dangerous working conditions. For most of the period, moreover, medical care also was inadequate. Many workers had no access to a doctor, much less a hospital bed. Additionally, the fact that workers had to pay for their medical care surely kept many from seeking help. As I will show as well, free-market workers recruited from outside received better treatment than compulsory rotational laborers. Introduction By international standards, accident rates in the Zonguldak mines were appallingly high. Overall, Ottoman workers were five to twenty times more likely to encounter work-related injury or death than their counterparts in Western Eu
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