Other Hazards news pages
Get a life
Deadly business
Drugs and alcohol

Confined space
US weblog with an acutely political, union viewpoint on latest safety news.


more recent stories

31 July 2004

Britain Laws must be revamped for nanotech risks
Australia First test of work death law
USA Surge in asbestos deaths


Unions say the government must act now
Greece Workers in peril at Athens sites
Britain TUC calls for action as work deaths rise
Britain Boss jailed over apprentice death
Hong Kong
Protest over battery factory poisonings
Britain Government's top doc presses for work smoking ban
South Africa Sick worker challenges compensation law
Britain HSC hands-off safety plan in total disarray
Britain Deaths law delayed because of ministers' court fears
Britain Unions hail workers' rights boost

24 July 2004


Major work fatalities keep rising
Britain Corporate manslaughter law slips again
Australia Unions pursue asbestos firm worldwide
Britain Quickie lunches are dangerous, says TUC
Britain Law needs to recognise cost of bullying
Britain Carnaud Metal Box guilty of another death
India/USA Court orders release of Bhopal payments
Ukraine Gas blast kills 31 coalminers
USA Insurers fear silica claims explosion
Britain Workplace killers - best laws briefing
Britain More to benefit from vibration payouts
Britain Hours breakthrough for tug workers

17 July 2004


Safety standards "not sufficient" as three die
US/Ireland US exports contentious safety programme
Europe EC must speed up working time reforms
Europe Safety of workers with disabilities
Britain TUC "grave reservations" about rail safety switch
DR Congo Fatal collapse of illegal uranium mine
Britain Safety cutbacks as HSE bosses pocket thousands
Global Dads' work linked to brain tumours in their kids
Britain Chancellor kills off civil servants


Aid workers face burnout and violence
Britain Government has a "moral duty" to ban smoking
Britain HSC says Euro plan could hurt safety enforcement
USA Safety alliance angers steel unions

11 July 2004


Gangmaster law a "victory for union action"
Sweden Strike wins better safety deal
Australia Nurse wins six figure latex rubber cheque
Australia Stars act up for safety
Britain Deadly work stress effects revealed
Britain Masterclasses aim to stop long hours


Stress-related sickness up
USA Failure to give urine means you're out
Canada Rail firm buries work accident cases
Britain Fine after worker baked to death


Hospital fined for causing nurse's asthma
Britain TUC workplace asthma guide
Britain Chinese cocklers injured in crash
Britain Jarvis fined £400,000 for rail repair blunder
Britain Amicus bullying pilot takes off
Britain Keep railway safety with HSE, warns TUC

3 July 2004


Roving reps scheme "limited" but welcome, says TUC
Britain TUC view vindicated in drug tests report
Britain BA crew face drug and alcohol tests
Britain Working-while-sober sackings upheld
Europe Bosses and unions get certified on safety
Europe Revamped Euro resource on union safety


Get serious on hours, TUC tells ministers
Australia Unions want to get it right


Workplace cybersnoopers may need a permit
Britain Passive smoke risk "even greater"
Global Everything you need to know about asbestos

South Africa

Clampdown on silicosis menace
USA Ergo improvements pay off
Britain Honda sued by "stressed" employee
Britain Three charged over cockler deaths
Britain Labour's prescription for a smoking ban
Britain HSE public safety policy is "unlawful"
Britain Anger at plan to scrap rail safety watchdog
Britain Factory blast workers to receive final wages
Britain UCATT call to cut building site deaths
Britain Union calls for more respect for shopworkers
Britain Amicus calls for Quebec style bullying law

26 June 2004


Being downsized increases stroke risk
Britain TGWU negotiates working time cuts with no loss of pay
Australia Surge in claims for workplace stress
Britain PCS calls for union and safety rights


Union action call on the child killing fields
Britain Killer chimney bosses escape with a fine


Unions put the case for laws and bargaining
Britain Waste industry wastes lives
South Africa Government acts to ban asbestos
Britain Food giant fined peanuts after teenager loses fingertips
USA Beating Bush for safety's sake
Britain Bus driver shot with nail gun in racist attack
Britain Hatfield victim's family gets £1m
Britain Rail worker killed by train "lacked proper training"
USA IBM second attempt to bury cancer evidence
USA Auto union and industry in safety drive

19 June 2004


Formaldehyde definitely causes cancer in humans
Global Secondhand smoke causes cancer - period
Global Canada will fight asbestos trade controls
Britain Unions fight off attack on criminal injuries payouts


Pilots defeat plan to impose longer working hours
Britain Workers organise over snack factory safety


Agreement calls for better call centre jobs
Britain UNISON compensation victory will hurt all dangerous bosses
Global ILO acts on commercial fishing perils
Britain "Overwhelming" support for workplace smoking ban
Britain Safer workplace? Just want the doctor ordered
Bangladesh Scrapped ship's deadly gas leak wreaks havoc
USA Workers' advocates call for work deaths action
USA Safety watchdog's respirator expert had company ties

12 June 2004


Alarm at "disastrous" Euro safety enforcement move
Britain TSSA calls for zero tolerance as assaults on rail staff increase


Amicus survey shows lab workers are at risk
Global Union warning after fatal attack on BBC news team
Global Survey charts the spread of anti-union repression
Britain Prime minister considers public smoking ban
Britain Helen Clark, global high tech campaigner
India White asbestos must be banned say campaigners
Britain Father hits out at "joke" fine after deaths
Britain Unions provide legal support for blast tragedy families
USA Axing safety law left women at risk
Britain Bar staff union votes for smoking ban
Britain Directors have best jobs and lowest stress


Rail unions condemn "beer nannies"
Global The unacceptable costs of child domestic labour
Britain Scottish Executive seek smoking ban views
Britain Pilots working hours campaign takes off
Britain Union signs accord to beat harassment


Deadly legacy of London's asbestos industry

5 June 2004


Cigarette smoke is drifting out of work
Britain TUC calls for safety rep action on asbestos


Working for a living can kill you
Britain Report praises safety committee after pupil death
Europe Challenge to finance employers over stress
Britain CATU to seek cash for sick potters
Japan Record numbers worked into the ground
Britain Compensation culture is a "damaging myth"
Singapore Work deaths prompt safety review


Families remember blast victims
New Zealand Meatworkers face higher risk of cancer
Britain HSE abandons some death and injury probes
USA Worker safety is a casualty of "special interest takeover"
Britain Corporate responsibility scheme is "not working"
Britain Occ doc sicknote plan report due soon
Britain Man banned from every UK hospital
Britain Labour plans public smoking ban election pledge
Britain GPMU slams "appalling" packing jobs


Battling teachers face job burnout

29 May 2004


Union protests over targeting of media
Ireland Smoking ban is working, says minister
Global Union to meet Foreign Office about piracy threats
Europe UK government "jeopardising plane cabin security"
Britain Stress consultation could bypass safety reps
Australia Support for NSW work deaths law
Britain Stop making us sick, says TUC
USA Ergo fixes alone can't make bad jobs good
Britain Get back to work, says minister


Report criticises drift towards "self-regulation"
Australia BHP under attack for deadly mine safety record
Britain Pressure grows for inquiry into blast watchdog
Global Double hull retreat is "a kick in the teeth for seafarers"
Britain London to vote for a smoking ban
Britain Britain's asbestos disease disaster
Britain Scots NHS attacks running at two an hour
Britain Union safety concerns over mock attack
Britain Usdaw starts planning for xmas hols
Britain Thumbs up to changes in teenage working law


TUC launches search for new bank holiday

22 May 2004

Britain Latest round to unions in working time fight
Australia Safety must be central to union organisation
Britain Nine apprentices die on government backed schemes
Australia Federal government axes safety body
Global International Olympics Committee ducks responsibility
Britain Deadly site dangers prove case for killing law


Bush launders dirty campaign money
Britain Government failing on gangmasters
USA More wriggle room for dangerous employers
Britain Questions raised about Glasgow blast tragedy
Britain Tories talk out safety penalties bill
Britain Passive smoking at work "kills hundreds"
Britain Unions watch Tesco sick day plan
Britain GP hanged herself through stress
Britain Unions can protect migrant workers
Britain Casinos gamble with Scots workers' health
Britain Stressed out lecturers demand action


Protective equipment "must be free"

15 May 2004

Britain Unions mourn blast victims and call for answers
Britain HSC needs "less self-congratulation and more enforcement"
Britain TUC warning on dangerous talk


Hurting unions bigger priority than hurt workers
Canada Worker wins posthumous safety dispute
New Zealand Unions need right to challenge drug tests
Britain Families win asbestos court appeals
USA Gotham police act on delivery slayings
Britain Ignorant bosses place pregnant workers at risk
Britain Six figure fine after rubber machine accident then death
Britain A firm without reps is not a safe place to work
Britain Smoking ban in pubs and restaurants moves closer
Britain Long hours undeniably unhealthy for drivers
Britain GMB acts to defuse asbestos "ticking timebomb"
Britain ASLEF steps up campaign on criminal injuries
Britain Unfairly sacked sick worker wins tribunal


Homeworkers "exploited" by firms

8 May 2004

Israeli forces block Palestinian union safety activity
European Union/USA Plan to test chemicals irks US
New Zealand Unions train 6,000 safety reps
Britain TUC defends the independent rail regulator
Britain £200,000 payout for bullied teacher
China Workplace deaths up, accidents down
Britain Bringing company reports into the 21st century
Australia Smoky clubs a lethal cocktail for bar staff
Britain The brutal reality of a death at work
USA Database links diseases to hazards
Britain Migrants get TUC advice on rights at work
Britain Centre for Corporate Accountability
Britain Spying software watches you work
Britain New concerns over passive smoking


Fear drives Chinese back to cockle beds

1 May 2004

USA Forcing poorly workers in to work is sick
Britain No justice yet for dead and dying workers
Brazil New offensive against asbestos
Britain Preventing driving deaths at work
Europe European Union work accidents update
Britain Call centre "Big Brother" health warning
Global Print workers take global safety action
Britain Union diary saves knife attack busman
Global Work kills more than wars
Britain Safety rules OK say bosses, workers and public
Taiwan Unions want a role in injury probes
Britain Firms agree Potters Bar liability
Britain Major companies, major accidents, minor fines
Britain Late arriving driver hours law welcomed
Britain Usdaw's got the measure of retail violence


Over 3,500 deaths; not one jail term

24 April 2004

Global Workers' Memorial Day worldwide
Britain Warning over fake health and safety agencies
Europe Dangerous fight for unsafe machinery
Britain Legal threat on passive smoke at work
Global Solvent "raises risk of cancer"
Britain Musicians suffer skin disorders
Australia Workers reject uranium drink apology
China World turns a blind eye to work injuries
El Salvador
GAP crosses the union divide in factory campaign
USA Republicans push for asbestos bail-out
USA NY firefighters traumatised by 9/11
Britain NHS trusts putting pregnant doctors at risk


Courts urged to get tough on driver assaults

17 April 2004

Kenya Factory workers locked in at night
USA Voluntary work safety isn't safe
USA Mexican lives come cheap in Florida
New Zealand Court limits work drug tests scope
Russia Funerals of 47 Siberian mine victims
Spain More than 8 out of 10 work diseases are missed
Australia Working while sick is less trouble
Britain Cockle death police head to China
USA Long hours increase injury risks
Britain UNISON welcomes life term for nurse attacker
Britain Work stress a "material contribution" to stroke
Britain Company growth can make workers wilt


HSC says rail safety must be free from business pressure
Australia Union call centre safety guide
Britain Firm fined £25,000 after "catastrophic failures"
Britain Rail safety system facing delays

10 April 2004

Greece Workers die for the Olympic dream
Canada Stop "pretending asbestos safe" call
Australia Report calls for powerful roving reps
Britain TUC to champion safety reps on HSC
Global Smoking ban could slash heart attacks
Britain Jail law call after firm's £2m disaster fine
Japan Karoshi deaths system speeded up


Pilots call for peer support for alcohol problems
USA Resignations over failed nuclear compo scheme
USA Message to injured workers - adapt or adios
Britain Unions warn violence victims could lose out
Britain Temporary worker law takes effect
Britain Seventh safety minister in seven years
Britain Government proposals on new chemical law
Britain The importance of being rehabilitated

3 April 2004

Russia Nestlé response to hazards - you're fired
Britain HSC fails safety reps
Brazil One more step to a global asbestos ban
Europe Consultation on work cancer and repro risks
Britain Time to end long hours working
Australia Back off boss - you're making me sick


Amicus to lead £1.8m bullying study
Ireland Irish eyes aren't smarting
Britain Lords back stressed workers
Global Workers suffer Irritable Desk Syndrome
Britain ISTC overturns shaky finger verdict


TGWU welcomes call for corporate killing law
Britain Long hours pressure makes workers mad
Britain Never too young to union
Britain Most firms fail to manage stress
Britain Arrests show need for gangmaster licences
Britain Public backs ban on public smoking
Britain GMB and Greenpeace want safe ship scrapping
Britain Union action call as rail deaths hit 13-year high
Britain Seafarers are tired of taking the blame

27 March 2004

Britain TUC concern at HSE's consultations
Global Fight to ban asbestos hots up


Call to make media safety "top priority"
Britain Royal Mail axes thousands, hammers the rest
Australia Union warning on psycho tests
Britain Bus driver fights for toilet breaks
Britain CBI panic move on working hours out-out


Chipmakers' cancer study too little, too late
USA Asbestos epidemic figures are "kind of low"
Britain Company to breath test staff every morning
Britain Campaign tells MPs that HSE is not working
Britain Brucellosis hits Cornish farm
Britain Ex-potters investigate wheezy diseases
Britain Fire crews ballot over injured colleague

20 March 2004

Australia Serial killer escapes with fine
Australia Goose cooked for peeking dicks
Britain Overwork behind another teacher suicide
Britain Post bosses warned over "spying"
Britain RMT calls for urgent Tube security meeting
USA Jury awards "popcorn lung" victim $20m
USA American workplaces kill one Mexican a day
Canada Industrial workers face a "slow-motion Bhopal"
Britain Stress yes - compo no, says advisory body
Britain Huge fine and safety award for killer company
Britain Britain is in a smoking "timewarp"
USA Asbestos Bill heads for Senate showdown
Britain Serious incidents at prestige building sites
Britain Clean and green or industry whitewash?

13 March 2004

Britain Big Brother is a big bother at work
Britain Smoking should be classed as killer chemical
USA Bar ban brings large drop in smoke exposures
Britain/ Ukraine Ukrainians face harsh conditions in the UK
Britain TGWU tops £1.5 billion in compo payouts
Australia Work strain - no body should put up with it
European Union Work accident rates "remain very high"
Britain UK in the dock over work breaks law
Greece Unions act on work burn-out dangers
Britain NHS staff pay high price for dedication
Britain Smoke ban "would save thousands"
Britain Workers "forced to pay for toilet breaks"
Britain Don't let employers be gender blind

6 March 2004

Global The asbestos industry's deadly message
USA Asbestos kills 10,000 Americans a year
Australia Unions expose asbestos "corporate bastardry"
Global Worldwide threat from asbestos "timebomb"
Southern Africa Fight looms as Zimbabwe defends asbestos trade
Global Sportswear industry violates the Olympic spirit
Britain Tube staff to strike in sober sackings row
Canada Nurse faced SARS stress
European Union Groups challenge EU paraquat approval
Britain GMB on HSE - not enough vision or resources
Britain Workers driven to drink by bad jobs
Britain Manure attack farmer jailed
Ireland "Smoke-free works" campaign launched
USA IBM settles birth defect lawsuit


Official support for Scots corporate killing law
Britain HSC makes the case for worker involvement
Britain TUC challenges Labour to produce work vision
Britain New law a "fitting memorial" to cockle pickers

28 February 2004

Brazil Asbestos multinationals gag safety campaigner
Britain Teacher gets £250,000 payout after attack
Finland Lack of worktime control makes you sick
Global Downsizing can kill those left behind
Britain UNISON calls for end to dirty needle terror
Australia Study blows a hole in pub trade smokescreen
Britain "Brave" new world or back to the future?
Britain TUC guide to avoiding repetitive strain injury
Australia UnionSafe Network
Australia Unions call for work death law
Australia Unions to prosecute banks for hold-ups
Canada Corporate "obligation" to tackle stress
Thailand Officials say 200,000 Thai workers injured
USA Union fund aids "Ground Zero" workers


Surge in serious accidents offshore
Britain Call for end to "joke" work death penalties
Britain Overworked? Tell someone about it!
Britain Construction work is a strain
Britain Companies say directors should be responsible

21 February 2004

Iran Hundreds killed in chemical train explosion
Britain Work your proper hours day
Singapore Bird flu recognised as work disease
India Work for parents, education for children
India Say no to white asbestos
Britain Safety reps should be at the heart of safety
Australia Judge blames transport bosses, jails truckie
Britain Snooping council pays out after worker assault
Britain NUT wants more health and safety reps
Britain Teachers warned over school trips


Nine out of 10 councils wrong on teen working
Britain Strike ballot over Tube sober working sackings
Britain Union targets gangmasters "infesting" sites
Britain Union calls for public enquiry into rail deaths
Britain Darling says rail is "too cautious" on safety
Britain Bodymapping outbreak on work site
Britain Widow loses asbestos compensation battle
Britain NUJ bullying website

14 February 2004

Britain Manslaughter probe follows 19 migrant deaths
Britain Migrant deaths force government about face
Britain TUC supports bill on penalties
USA Chemical safety board slams safety watchdog
USA Fired if you pee, fired if you don't


Landmark ruling on workplace bullying
South Africa Outrage after farmer "fed worker to lions"
Iraq IFJ mourns loss of nine journalists in bombing
Britain Overworked lecturer wins payout
Britain HSE staff driven to industrial action
Britain Asbestos widow faces cancer death
Global The missing cases of beryllium disease
Britain Working parents want family friendly hours
Britain HSC puts the business case
Britain European Parliament challenges UK's long hours

7 February 2004

USA "Bankrupt" asbestos firms flourish in US
Britain UNISON prepares for Workers' Memorial Day
Europe Chemicals crackdown will save thousands


Tech firms promise action on exploitation
South Africa Unions slam AngloGold over miners' deaths
Britain Union issues asbestos epidemic warning
Canada Horror stories of x-ray techs
Britain Euro union urges UK to avoid hours action
USA Couple awarded $6 million in asbestos case
Britain New resources for RSI Day, 29 February 2004
Britain Work your proper hours day, 27 February 2004
Britain Official safety alert over rail job cuts
Britain GMB warns of asbestos "ticking time bomb"
Britain Long hours culture takes its toll on UK drivers

31 January 2004

Britain TUC calls "work your proper hours" day
Denmark Guards say no to jail house monsters
Global International RSI Day, 29 February
Europe MEPs support end to working time opt-out
Europe Work risks to women are neglected
Britain Where there's a chill there's a way
Britain RMT action call in working-while-sober sackings
Britain West faces asbestos cancer epidemic
Global Brutal conditions in microchip factories
Global Regulations are the only way to stop abuse
USA Woman denied strains payout gets $12m
USA Ergonomic experts boycott conference
Britain Amicus wins safety rep time off tribunal
Britain HGV drivers secure milestone hours deal

24 January 2004

Britain Working when sick is infectious says TUC
USA "Cavalier" boss gets jail for scaffold deaths
Global Report exposes corporate responsibility con
Britain Dying asbestos victim gets six figure payout
Britain £700k fine for rail tunnel explosion
Algeria Twenty dead as blast shatters gas plant
Britain Scot's judges develop corporate homicide law
South Africa Minister "angry" at site deaths
Trinidad & Tobago Too many accidents on the job
Britain Clergy job rights get closer to good
Australia Union criticises "failed" work deaths plan

17 January 2004

Britain New bid to control gangmasters
USA Bush fires off belated safety alarm
Britain Union condemns "appalling" site deaths rate
New Zealand Business warms to new safety laws
Britain DTI study shows need for hours protection
Australia Negligent employers on notice say unions
Australia Government faces massive asbestos bill
Britain Danger for Britain's hidden Chinese workers
Britain No smoke without litigation warns campaign

10 January 2004

Britain More delays for the corporate killing law
Britain TUC appoints new head of safety
Europe TUC welcomes European working time review
China Gas blast death toll rises
Britain Make the boss own up to accidents
Australia Bursting bus drivers told to wait and wee
Britain Airline unions say guns and planes don't mix
Global Asbestos ban hopes boosted
Britain "Utterly reckless" boss jailed for worker's death
Britain Six figure fine after teenager dies
Sweden Most companies failing on hazardous substances
Britain HSE accused of "superficial" inspections
USA Bosses getting away with "wilful" deadly violations
Britain Nasty message in the inbox? You've got stress
Britain Stressed pilots driven to drink

20 December 2003

Canada Just when you thought you weren't safe...
TUC Christmas survival guide
USA Prison threat for managers arrested at work
PM told to shut up shops for xmas
Bangladesh Shipbreaking is a life sentence
Time to change your accident book
Australia Workplace bullies "ruin young lives"
Spruced up xmas workplaces banned
Bus union welcomes new violence guide
Canada Westray miner gets stress payout
USA Firms turn to hair tests to check for drug use
Draft Euro report backs TUC hours campaign
Almost all firms have liability cover
Europe Agency plans to tackle construction
Royal Mail the "worst company for bullying"
Study confirms passive smoking risks
TGWU calls for end to child labour on farms
Bosses to blame for oil safety breaches

13 December 2003

Alan Dalton, safety champion, dies
Lying government is a global asbestos pusher
Europe should toughen up working time rights
Fine for firm that ignored RSI warnings
Ergonomic guide for clothing workers
Safety warning over contracting out
US tips on cold weather working
Do you want compensation with that?
Union takes on "punitive" drugs policies
Ageing hits workers before bosses
Vision syndrome affects most computer users
Management failures cost CSG £650,000
Widow joins fight against Crown Immunity

6 December 2003

USA Workers need workplace violence education
Britain Balloon protest for workers' safety
Britain GMB says "burn out Britain" is a reality
Britain EU report exposes UK working time abuse
Austria The tills are alive with the sound of muzak
Britain Sober workers fired under "zero tolerance" policy
Canada Unions launch safer needle campaign
Britain Workplace snoopers face legal clampdown
USA Compensation cases link welding to Parkinson's
Britain Campaigns continue against asbestos profiteers
Britain Smoke signals bad for UK, good for NZ
Britain Just say no… to drug and alcohol tests
Britain Amicus say UK workers deserve Oz style law
Britain Acting can be hazardous
Britain CCA challenges flawed corporate killing plan
Britain Corus fined after another workplace death


Earlier stories

corporate crime links