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Workplace accidents around the world

Mining, construction, oil and gas industries dangerous all over
June 11, 2013

An engineer in Scotland who was fired after being injured on the job has been awarded £70,000 (about $100,000) by a court in Edinburgh. David Hynds suffered a spinal injury when a one ton cutting tool fell on him, trapping him between a girder support and the ground.


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How worried should you be about new Middle East virus?

A “potential” threat to national security – along with your health?
June 6, 2013

An illness which originated in September in the Middle East and has killed at least 30 of the 54 people infected appears to be raising alarms in the U.S.  – but a move by public health officials may just be a strategy to prevent its spread.


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Doors locked in fatal Chinese poultry plant fire

Modern economy not matched by modern safety standards
June 5, 2013

The death toll from Monday’s poultry plant fire in China has reached 119. Sources say the fire was caused by leakage in tanks of ammonia used as a coolant. In a scene reminiscent of New York’s fatal Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, there were reports that workers trying to escape the fire found exits locked – to prevent theft and to keep them from stepping outside for breaks.


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Data collection a challenge for sustainability reporting

Transparency, competitive advantage among reasons to report
June 3, 2013

Although sustainability reporting in accordance with the GRI Framework (GRI) or another standard involves a substantial workload, a new report offers insights into why many companies are opting to do it.


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Safety tops risk agendas for oil and gas executives

IT security getting special scrutiny
June 3, 2013

Oil and gas companies’ health, safety and environment (HSE) remains on top of the industry’s risk agenda according to Business Pulse: Exploring the dual perspectives of the top 10 risks and opportunities in 2013 and beyond, a new report released today by Ernst & Young.


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Walmart, other retailers refuse to sign Bangladesh factory safety pact

“Our safety plan meets or exceeds proposal”
May 21, 2013

Walmart and an industry group representing many U.S. retailers say they will not join an international pact intended to improve factory conditions in Bangladesh’s garment industry – although many global retailers have signed the agreement.


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Death toll in Bangladesh building collapse tops 1,000

Government to make it easier to form unions
May 13, 2013

The death toll in that collapsed Bangladesh factory building has reached 1, 127 people – making it the world’s worst industrial disaster since the 1984 Bhopal gas leak in India, which claimed an estimated 3,787 lives.


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Bangladesh factory death toll tops 900

More bodies could still be found
May 9, 2013

More than two weeks after the collapse of a factory building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, sources are reporting that the death toll has reached 912 – and additional bodies may be found as workers continue to dig through the wreckage.


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Factory certification schemes pose danger to safety & health profession

May 9, 2013
The integrity of the occupational health and safety profession is under threat as it is being drawn into “certifying” that sweatshop factories in global supply chains in the developing world are safe and meet international standards for protecting workers on the job.


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UN report: Work-related diseases kill more people than work-related accidents

In addition to death toll, financial cost is enormous
April 30, 2013

A new report from the United Nations calls for “urgent and vigorous” action to address the issue of work-related diseases, which kill approximately two million people around the world each year. About 160 million more are afflicted by non-fatal occupational illnesses.


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