Hazards 102
April-June 2008

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Hazards issue 102 April - June 2008


4-5 Relative justice If took a five year campaign before Anthea and Peter Dennis got company boss Roy Clark to admit the workplace manslaughter of their teenage son, Daniel. Clark got 10 months. Daniel’s family got a ‘life sentence’. more

6-15 News in brief Enforcement lite rules take effect. Fines below 0.2 per cent of turnover. Blitz shuts 300 sites. Businessmen behaving badly. Suicides crisis at work. Lead exposure still a problem. More evidence on wood cancers. Workers unaware of asbestos dangers. Asbestos is a white collar killer. Scotland makes asbestos disease move. Groups welcome drugs decision. NHS workers sidelined and under attack. Assaults register call after death. Death threat leads to payout. Attacks on fire crews increasing. Rethink urged over work health. Bad jobs are unhealthy jobs. Fit notes not fit for purpose. Not so Black and white.

16-17 Thai troubles When 54 migrant workers suffocated in a seafood truck in April, the world’s gaze focused briefly on Thailand’s appalling safety record. Making Migrant Safety at Work Matter, a new grassroots group, is challenging this routine abuse. more

Centrepages Get justice When a worker dies, someone should pay. But as a new manslaughter law takes effect, a Hazards poster warns it takes more than a law to get justice. See the Hazards poster

20-21 Don’t be a safety nerd Workers join unions because they are concerned about safety, and stay in unions for the same reason. That’s why training trade union safety reps in the links between safety and organisation is a top priority for TUC. more

22-23 Healthy development A new TUC drive to train thousands of reps in occupational health will mean a union greater emphasis on making sure work is healthy as well as safe.

24-31 What the unions say Tragedy leads to safer needles call. Teaching can shut you up. Training won’t prevent back pain. Hazards Questionnaire. Latex payout but no job. Court warning on RSI risk assessments. Tube strike threat wins safety guarantees. What price on your life? HSE quiet on killer flavour. Colleges warned after acid explosion injury. University agrees £1.4m safety deal. Safety offshore. Rail workers block unsafe work. Victory on offshore working time. Concern at more asbestos in schools. Consultation on pleural plaques payouts.

32-33 International news South Africa bans asbestos. Work stress crisis hits France. Hotels serve up agony for workers. Global ban asbestos campaign.

34-35 Resources Latest reviews and resources.